Purpose of the flight and payload description
The objective of the flight was to obtain the vertical distribution of atmospheric ozone using an Electro-Chemical Cell (ECC) ozonesonde transported by a rubber meteorological balloon of 7 meters of diameter (expanded volume of 200 m3).
Details of the balloon flight
Balloon launched on: 5/15/2013 at 4:50 jst
Launch site: Multipurpose Aviation Research Field, Taiki-Cho, Hokkaido, Japan
Balloon launched by: Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) / Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Ozonesonde Rubber - 7 mts of Diameter
Flight identification number: BS13-02
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 5/15/2013
Landing site: Payload Not Recovered
The balloon was launched at 4:50 Japan Standard Time on May 15, 2013 from the Taiki Aerospace Research Field in the island of Hokkaido, northern Japan. The winds transported the balloon to the east over the Pacific Ocean to a point located 65 km east of the launch base where after reaching the maximum expansion at 32 km of altitude, the balloon exploded.
The payload fell to the ocean and was not recovered.