Purpose of the flight and payload description

Sometime before a balloon campaign starts at Esrange every year is launched a balloon to test their technique and logistics systems. The students at Kiruna's different space related educations are offered the opportunity to send their own designed and built experiments with the balloon. The students are from the space engineering programmes at the Department of Space Science and from the technical high school programs.

Students from different years and courses are involved in the project, which means that different groups of students meet and get a chance to work together on the basis of their respective areas of competence. It is the students themselves who lead, design and build the experiments and the instruments destined for the balloon launch.

Most of the data to be collected during the balloon flight is used later in the courses. At left can be seen the gondola where the experiments are stored (click to enlarge).

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 11/25/2002 at 15:53
Launch site: European Space Range, Kiruna, Sweden  
Balloon launched by: Swedish Space Corporation (SSC)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon  
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 11/25/2002 at 19:41
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 3 h 48 m
Landing site: W of Kuosku, Finland
Campaign: BEXUS  

No data Available

This was the first flight of the project. At the moment we have not data about the experiences performed onboard.

External references

Images of the mission

Inner view of the instruments of the experience The first BEXUS team Latest checkings on the payload Main balloon inflation Main balloon inflation

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