Purpose of the flight and payload description

A balloon borne tunable diode laser spectrometer devoted to in-situ measurements, in high troposphere and stratosphere, of methane and water vapour. Technological flight test

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 10/23/1998 at 15:15 local
Launch site: Centre de Lancement de Ballons CLBA, Aire Sur L'Adour, Landes, France  
Balloon launched by: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon model 35SF Zodiac - 35.000 m3
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 10/23/1998 at ~ 16:50
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 3 h 32 m
Landing site: In a field near Lodève (Hérault).
Payload weight: 340 kgs
Gondola weight: 108 kgs

External references

Images of the mission

SDLA-LAMA instrument before launch Launching using an auxiliary balloon to avoid damage in the payload Landing place.    

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