Purpose of the flight and payload description


Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 2/23/2003 at 23:00
Launch site: Meteorological Research Institute, Baurú, Sao Paulo, Brazil  
Balloon launched by: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) / GLB
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Montgolfier Infrared 45.000 m3
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 3/3/2003
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 8 d
Landing site: Payload lost in the ocean.
Campaign: HIBISCUS-ENVISAT campaign  

The flight was terminated over a Hurricane named ERICA over the Coral Sea off the North West coast of Australia.

Techno flight new lightened MIR carrying the SAOZ gondola recovered after failure of the first MIR ENVISAT (launched febraury 19) + Inmarsat eC-track

External references

Images of the mission

On the right side the SAOZ payload and in the left the two Narcisse/Inmarsat telemetry gondolas. One of them was part of the flight train. The SAOZ payload before the launch.      

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