Purpose of the flight and payload description

The objective of the series of two flights was to measure particulate in the stratosphere, inside and outside the polar vortex in two different times of the year. The payload was composed by optical particle counters to measure and cross-compare the presence and properties of aerosols in the upper atmosphere. The payload was developed by the University of Orleans, France and sponsored by HEMERA a Research Infrastructure funded by the Horizon 2020 framework Programme of the European Union which integrates a large starting community in the field of tropospheric and stratospheric balloon-borne research, to make existing balloon facilities available to all scientific teams in the European Union, Canada and associated countries. SSC and CNES provides flights on balloons where users in EU can apply for space for experiments.

This first flight was flown inside the Polar Vortex. A second flight in december 2020 was performed outside the Polar Vortex

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 2/11/2020 at 9:02 utc
Launch site: European Space Range, Kiruna, Sweden  
Balloon launched by: Swedish Space Corporation (SSC)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon Raven Aerostar SF-0.141 - 4.000 m3
Flight identification number: SSC Flt Nº 648
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 2/11/2020

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