Purpose of the flight and payload description


Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 9/3/2003 at 17:37 jst
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 B500 500.000 m3
Flight identification number: B500-2
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 9/4/2003 at 1:00 jst
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 8 h 33 m
Payload weight: 194 kgs
Overall weight: 1145 kg

The balloon was launched on September 3, 2003 at 17:37 jst from the Sanriku Balloon Center. 5 hours 53 minutes later the balloon reached an altitude of 43 km while floating 110 km east of the launch base. At that moment it started to advance to the west. Flight ended next day at 1:00 jst when payload was separated from the balloon. On the early morning of September 4 both elements were rescued from the sea by the recovery ship.

External references

Images of the mission


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