Purpose of the flight and payload description
Details of the balloon flight
Balloon launched on: 8/16/2023 at 15:30 utc
Launch site: Roswell Industrial Air Center, New Mexico, US
Balloon launched by: Sceye Inc.
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Stratospheric Airship Sceye High-Altitude Platform Station
Flight identification number: N519HB
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 8/16/2023 at ~ 18:30 utc
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 3 h
Landing site: 46 km W of Artesia, New Mexico, US
The main objectives of the flight were to test attitude and automated pressure control of the airship, beyond-line-of-sight command and reliable launch and ascent. Furthermore, Sceye successfully evaluated three independent and redundant communication data links. All tests were performed at target altitude in the stratosphere. Multiple payloads were also flown including an infrasonic sensor, a portable optical particle spectrometer (POPS), a radiosonde, and a prototype aerosol study device.