Purpose of the flight and payload description

Is an instrument designed to search for cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropy. It consists of a cryogenic differential Fourier transform spectrometer coupled to an off-axis prime focus telescope. This was the first flight

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 7/8/1995 at 0:45 utc
Launch site: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, Palestine, Texas, US  
Balloon launched by: National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon SF3-459.37-080-NSXC-ST
Balloon serial number: W39.57-2-11
Flight identification number: 1543P
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 7/7/1995 at 9:33 utc
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): F 4 h
Landing site: 17 miles SSW of Monohans, Texas, US

External references

  • BAM website Brown University (no longer available - retrieved via Archive.Org)

Images of the mission

A picture of the BAM instrument as it appeared before its first flight in July 1995        

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