What happens during a stratospheric balloon launch?
Launch day – Morning
Evaluating weather conditions.
3 h before launch
Performing final tests.
1 h 45 min before launch
Attaching the platform to the flight chain.
1 h 30 min before launch
Receiving the platform with instruments at the launch area.
1 h before launch
Unfolding the balloon on a protective mat.
45 min before launch
Inflating the balloon with helium.
Releasing the balloon.
1 h 30 min after launch
Running experiments and collecting scientific data.
10 h after launch
End of the scientific mission. Separating the balloon and the flight chain.
10 h 20 min after launch
Recovering the balloon.
10 h 45 min after launch
Recovering the flight chain with a helicopter.
14 h after launch
Loading balloon components onto a truck and going back to the base.