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: 1/10/2000 at 10.04
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 5
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 1/10/2000 at ~ 10.30
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 22 m
Campaign: THESEO 2000  
Payload weight: 145 kgs
Gondola weight: 4 kgs

Balloon burst after 19 min

External references

Images of the mission


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