Purpose of the flight and payload description

Also was on board the CAKE (Cosmic Abundance around Knee Energies) experiment for determination of the charge spectrum of cosmic ray primaries with Z>5. Search for exotic rare particles (nuclearites and Q-balls) in the cosmic particle flux.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 7/23/2001 at 20:00
Launch site: Base di Lancio Luigi Broglio, Trapani, Sicily, Italy  
Balloon launched by: Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon  
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 7/24/2001 at 01:05
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 5 h
Landing site: En Sicilia, Italia
Payload weight: 345 kgs

Originally the flight was intented to be a transmediterranean flight to Spain. No data about the reason for premature termination.

External references

Images of the mission

Gondola Detail Balloon inflation      

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