Description of the payload
The WASP System, is a NASA provided support system which can point telescopes on a balloon gondolas at inertial targets with arc-second accuracy.
WASP is intended to be a flexible system that can be used to support a variety of science-provided instruments and sensors to meet specific mission performance requirements.
The WASP system points an instrument using a gondola mounted pitch/yaw articulated gimbal. The range of motion of the yaw-gimbal is purposely minimized to reduce kinematic coupling during fine pointing. Thus, the gondola itself is suspended beneath a standard NASA Rotator to provide large angle azimuth targeting and coarse azimuth stabilization.
Details of the balloon flight
Balloon launched on: 9/22/2012 at 14:41 utc
Launch site: Scientific Flight Balloon Facility, Fort Sumner, (NM), US
Balloon launched by: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon Winzen 29.470.000 cuft
Flight identification number: 635N
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 9/23/2012 at 4:55 utc
Balloon flight duration (d:days / h:hours / m:minutes): 15 h 30 m
Landing site: 25 miles SW of Grants, New Mexico, US
Payload weight: 2905 lbs
Overall weight: 4667 lbs