NASA Summer campaign 2013 RSS

Long-duration balloon flights at northern latitudes

The campaign 2013 consists of one balloon, Sunrise, during June - July 2013. It has been decided that the SPB balloon will not fly from Esrange Space Center this year.

NASA summer campaigns

The first NASA summer campaigns (2005) demonstrated a new long duration, heavy payload balloon capability from the northern hemisphere to the international science community. SSC and NASA combined their resources and experiences to offer significant new opportunities for US and European scientists to fly sophisticated instruments in near space for periods of up to 10 days at very low cost. 

Until today the following flights have been performed

BLAST was launched on 12 June 2005
AESOP was launched on 2 June 2006 (test flight)
ULDB was launched 11 June 2006
TRACER was launched on 8 July 2006
LEE, was launched on 17 May 2009
AESOP, was launched on 5 June 2009
SUNRISE, was launched on 8 June 2009
ULDB was launched on 21 June 2009
LEE, was launched on 30 May 2011
AESOP, was launched on 11 June 2011
HiWind, was launched on 14 June 2011
SPB, was launched on 14 August, 2012
Sunrise was launched on June 12, 2013

Campaign 2013

The balloon campaign is a continuation of  2012 NASA long-duration balloon flight programme at northern latitudes. By conducting balloon flights from the Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden to North America, flight of up to 4-6 days can be obtained, an opportunity that is highly required by scientists within the field of astronomy.

Sunrise was successfully launched from Esrange Space Center on June 12 at 05.38 UTC. The balloon is now heading for Canada. The Sunrise payload will be carried by a 963 000 m3 Nasa scientific balloon up to an altitude of approximately 37 km. After a fligh of 4-6 days the balloon will be taken down in Canada.

Main purpose


The SUNRISE project aims at high-resolution spectro-polarimetric observations of the solar atmosphere on the intrinsic spatial scale of its magnetic structure. The SUNRISE telescope with 1 m aperture and its instruments will provide spectra and images resolving spatial scales down to 35 km on the Sun.

The main scientific goal of the mission is tounderstand the formation of magnetic structures in the solar atmosphere and to study their interaction with the convective plasma flows.

Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung (MPS) is the PI institution and coordinates the SUNRISE project PI: S.K. Solanki
Project Manager: P. Barthol,

Colombia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) has the overall operational responsibility for the campaign activities and they will be supported by a particular project manager and a launch team from the SSC.

Participating organisations/contact persons

Mr Danny Ball, NASA-CSBF, Project manager
Mr Mattias Abrahamsson, SSC, Project manager

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CSBF, Colombia Scientific Balloon Facility

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