Purpose of the flight and payload description


Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 12/16/1976 at 17:35 CST
Launch site: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, Palestine, Texas, US  
Balloon launched by: National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon Winzen - 122.334 m3 (25.40 microns)
Flight identification number: 1003P
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 12/17/1976 at 1:31 CST (L)
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 8 h
Landing site: Near Uniontown, Alabama, US
Payload weight: 1408 kgs

External references

Images of the mission

The 1.04 meters IR telescope of the Imperial College, London is shown mounted on the  Science Research Council's three-axis, stabilized balloon platform prior to the launch from Palestine, Texas, in 1976 (Image: Dr. R.D.Joseph)        

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