Purpose of the flight and payload description

The goal of the flight was to obtain data on the low frequency electromagnetic environment near Japan as well as to conduct a preliminary test of the Antarctic orbiting balloon project, which was a joint program between National Institute of Polar Research and ISAS scheduled to be launched from Antarctica that same year.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 6/3/2002
Launch site: Sanriku Balloon Center, Iwate, Japan  
Balloon launched by: Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon model B15 15.000 m3
Flight identification number: B15-83
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 6/3/2002
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 5 h 20 m

Valuable data was obtained on the sensitivity of an enormous loop antenna with a diameter of 40m that surrounded a large scientific balloon and on a wireless data link between instruments vertically positioned 100 m apart by a lowering device.

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