Purpose of the flight and payload description

EdS (Effet de Serre) is the french term for greenhouse effect and is a multi-instrument experiment aimed to study the same scientific area. The instruments carried onboard the gondola were two laser diode spectrometers denominated PicoSDLA that measure gas concentrations (one CH4 and the other CO2) developed by the University of Reims; AIRCORE-Ufi the only not-French instrument, built by the University of Frankfurt in Germany aimed to measure greenhouse gases; a particle counter denominated LOAC developed by the Laboratory of Physics and Chemistry of the Environment and Space (LPC2E) in Orleans; and finally the quartet composed by AIRCORE-HR, that also measures greenhouse effect gases, B-bop that performs Ozone measurements, Sawfphy aimed to trace the water vapour concentration and Tsen to obtain pressure and temperature, all developed under the aegis of the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory (LMD). All these instruments were mounted on a platform denominated CASOLBA (CAlibration de cellules SOLaires sur vol BAllon french for Balloon-Borne Solar Cell Calibration) which was developed in 1975 by CNES to transport a module containing solar cells to be calibrated to be used in different projects, which was reconverted to serve other tasks.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 8/28/2014 at 20:34 local
Launch site: Timmins Stratospheric Balloon Base, Ontario, Canada  
Balloon launched by: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon model 100z Zodiac 100.000 m3
Flight identification number: NIMBUS-3
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 8/29/2014 at 7:35 local
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 11 h
Landing site: 100 km SSW of Val D'Or, Canada
Campaign: STRATO SCIENCE 2014  
Payload weight: 245 kg
Overall weight: 1192 kg

External references

Images of the mission


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