Purpose of the flight and payload description

The objective of the flight was to test a new balloon denominated 7 ENG developed by Zodiac under CNES specifications. The payload transported in this mission included cameras to check the behavior of the balloon fabric during the flight. Only four launches were ever made between 1999 and 2000 as technical tests of this balloon model. There is no further information about this balloon, which apparently was never incorporated into the firm's inventory.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 2/18/1999 at 9.33
Launch site: European Space Range, Kiruna, Sweden  
Balloon launched by: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon model 7eng  
Balloon serial number: 7 ENG Nº 6
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 2/18/1999 at ~ 14.30
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 5 h
Landing site: In Finland
Campaign: THESEO (Third European Stratospheric Experiment on Ozone) take place during 1998-99 to improve the understanding of the causes of ozone depletion over Europe and other mid-latitude regions. It involved more than 400 scientists from over 20 countries.
Payload weight: 154 kgs
Gondola weight: 5 kgs

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