Purpose of the flight and payload description
The goal of the flight was to verify the performance of a small, light GPS Argos System that had been developed by the Science of Ballooning Division of ISAS as part of a system that ensures recovery of scientific balloons and instruments.
Details of the balloon flight
Balloon launched on: 5/17/2002
Launch site: Sanriku Balloon Center, Iwate, Japan
Balloon launched by: Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon model BU5 (ultra thin) 5.000 m3
Flight identification number: BU5-1
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 5/17/2002
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 3 h 15 m
The experiment via NOAA satellite went smoothly, obtaining the desired results.