Purpose of the flight and payload description
The BESAFE mission was the second flight of the Strato Science 2023 campaign aimed to perform a series of experiments in a multi-instrument platform. At left we can see an scheme of distribution of the payloads in the gondola (click to enlarge).
It used as platform CARMENCITA, a multi-payload gondola originally introduced in late 2012 by the Nacelles Pointees (Pointed Platforms) CNES team, which was developed with several concepts in mind: modularity to allow the inclusion of several instruments devoted to the same or different research areas in one mission, reusability to overcome the difficult to adapt a platform specifically designed around an instrument to another (reducing costs and developing times), and finally cargo volume which is maximized to allow the installation of many instruments.
Onboard the gondola were installed the following instruments: STRATOPART a particle collector of aerosols at different altitudes developed by the Laboratoire Atmosphères, Observations Spatiales (LATMOS), BOLDAIR a micro-bolometer for determination of albedo and infrared flux of the Earth also developed by LATMOS, LOAC an optical particle counter and an optical spectrometer for the chracterization of aerosols both developed at the Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l'Environnement et de l'Espace (LPC2E)
Details of the balloon flight
Balloon launched on: 8/15/2023 at 1:11 utc
Launch site: Timmins Stratospheric Balloon Base, Ontario, Canada
Balloon launched by: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon model 150z Hemeria 150.000 m3
Flight identification number: NIMBUS-2
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 8/15/2023
Landing site: In Grassy River, Ontario, Canada