Purpose of the flight and payload description

Search for anisotropy in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background. Modified version of the MAXIMA instrument.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 9/20/2002 at 14:25 utc
Launch site: Scientific Flight Balloon Facility, Fort Sumner, (NM), US  
Balloon launched by: National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon Raven 29X - 830.000 m3 - SF3-29.47-.8/.8/.8-NA
Balloon serial number: W29.47-2X-65
Flight identification number: 511N
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 9/21/2002 at 12:13 utc
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 22 h 30 m
Landing site: 16 miles N of Canadian, New Mexico, US
Payload weight: 5554 lbs

External references

Images of the mission

The MAXIPOL instrument before launch MAXIPOL after the landing.

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