Purpose of the flight and payload description

The objective of the flight was to verify onboard instruments and operation of some systems related to EGG (re-Entry satellite with Gossamer aeroshell and GPS/Iridium) as part of the development project of the ''Membrane Aeroshell for Atmospheric-entry Capsule", which is expected to be applied for a future Earth re-entry system. The experiment is part of the preliminary-phase test prior to the actual satellite ''EGG" under development by a group led by the University of Tokyo. EGG will be deployed from the ISS.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 8/22/2015 at 5:02 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: Weather Balloon  
Flight identification number: B15-02
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 8/22/2015 at 7:17 jst
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 2 h 15 m
Landing site: In the Pacific Ocean, 95 km ENE of Taiki, Japan

The balloon was launched from the Taiki Aerospace Research Field at 5:02 JST on August 22, 2015. The rubber balloon reached an altitude of about 31.7 km on the Pacific Ocean about 55 km east-northeast of the Taiki Aerospace Experiment Station 1 hour and 36 minutes after the launch. The payload descended in the Pacific Ocean, 95 km ENE of Taiki, Japan.

External references

Images of the mission


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