A successfull scientific combined flight of MIPAS-B, the sub mm-wave limb sounder TELIS (TeraHertz Limb Sounder), and mini-DOAS, embedded in the ENRICHED project, was launched by CNES on 31 March 2011 from Esrange (67.9°N, 21.1°E) near Kiruna at 0:46 local time. After a long ascent the balloon reached a maximum altitude of 35.4 km. It was cut at 7:00 local time after about 2:40 min at float and touched down in Russia at 7:40 local time.
The second successful combined flight of MIPAS-B together with TELIS was carried out from Kiruna (Sweden). MIPAS-B/TELIS was launched at 01:46 local time on 24 January 2010 from Esrange Space Center. The balloon reached the float level of 34 km at around 05:00 LT, heading towards the Baltic sea for several hours before it almost stopped and turned around into Finland. Around 13:00 LT the valve was opened for a slow descent down to 25 km, then the gondola was cut at 14:40 LT and safely landed in Finland.
The first successful flight of MIPAS-B together with TELIS has also been carried out from Esrange/Kiruna. The gondola was launched on 10 March 2009 at 23:18 UTC. The landing was successfully made on 11 March 2009 at 11:19 UTC in Finland.
The MIPAS-B gondola at the landing place in Finland (March 2009).
The second MIPAS-B flight in the Tropics embedded in the ENVISAT validation activities and the SCOUT-O3 Large Balloons Equatorial Field Campaign took place from Timon airbase (5°05’S, 42°52’W) close to the city of Teresina (Brazil) on 5-6 June 2008. Data were acquired from about 23 LT until 14 LT of the following day.
The first MIPAS-B flight from the same location was performed on 13-14 June 2005. Launch was on June 13 at 22:53 UTC, touch down on June 14 at 17:41 UTC at about 6°47’S, 46°W, roughly 400 km away from the launch site after a flight duration of almost 19 hours.
A flight report can be downloaded here: Download flight report as pdf (1.8 M)
Locals at the landing place with the MIPAS-B gondola.