Purpose of the flight and payload description

LXeGRIT is a balloon-borne Compton telescope employing a large volume liquid xenon time projection chamber (LXeTPC) as the central gamma-ray detector. It is designed to image gamma rays in the energy range of 200 keV to 20 MeV, with an angular resolution of about 3 degrees (1 sigma) at 2 MeV, within a field-of-view (FOV) of about 1 sr.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 7/25/1997 at 12:23 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 Raven 28L - 800.000 m3 - N29-8/8/8T-28.40
Balloon serial number: R28.40-2-124
Flight identification number: 1553P
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 7/25/1997 at 17:58 utc
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): F 3 h 21 m
Landing site: 10 miles NW of Sterling City, Texas, US
Payload weight: 3498 lbs

External references

Images of the mission

Payload last checkings Balloon launch from Palestine      

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