Description of the payload

The composite gondola was created with two objectives:

1) To improve comprehension of measurements of electric field and conductivity made by experiment PWA of probe HUYGENS. It is part PEA of PEASMA.

2) To simulate the operation of the experiment Ares-netlander in an environment very close to that met on the surface of Mars. It is part SMA of PEASMA.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 12/2/2004 at 7:54 utc
Launch site: Domingos Rego Aerodrome, Timón, Maranhao, Brazil  
Balloon launched by: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon model 100z Zodiac - 100.000 m3
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 12/2/2004 at 14:05 utc
Balloon flight duration (d:days / h:hours / m:minutes): 6 h 10 m
Landing site: 400 km W of launch site, Brazil

External references

Images of the mission

       

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