Purpose of the flight and payload description


Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 9/1/2006 at 6:11 jst
Launch site: Sanriku Balloon Center, Iwate, Japan  
Balloon launched by: Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) / Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon model B100 100.000 m3
Flight identification number: B100-16
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 9/1/2006 at 13:20 jst
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 7 h 38 m
Landing site: In the Pacific Ocean

The balloon was launched by semi-dynamic method from the Sanriku Balloon Center, on September 1, 2006 at 6:11 Japan Standard Time (JST). The flight path is shown in the map at right (click to enlarge)

At 8:56, the balloon reached an altitude of 35 km and began level flight until 10:15, developing an eastward path. Then from 11:20 to 13:00, the flight altitude was lowered to 32 km and the balloon started a westward flight path.

During level flight between 8:56 and 13:00, were performed the scientific observations.

At 12:59 the payload was turned off and by 13:20 the gondola was separated from the balloon being amerizing at 13:45 and being recovered at 14:32.

External references

Images of the mission


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