Purpose of the flight and payload description


Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 10/8/2010
Launch site: McMurdo Station, Antarctica  
Balloon launched by: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Super Pressure Balloon  
Flight identification number: PSC19
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 12/24/2010
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 77 d
Landing site: In the Southern Pacific Ocean

This flight was part of CONCORDIASI a multidisciplinary effort jointly operated by France and the United States to study the lower stratosphere and troposphere above Antarctica as well as the land surface of the Antarctic continent carried out in 2010. An constellation of balloons provided a unique set of measurements covering both volume and time. The balloons drifted for several months on isopycnic surfaces in the lowermost stratosphere around 18 km, circling over Antarctica in the winter vortex.

External references

Images of the mission


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