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Spoto D., Auricchio N., Boen K., Calandrino A., Cardillo A., Caroli E., Cortiglioni S., Ibba R., Marchini L., Orzelli A., Ronchi E., Zappettini A. The sureca BIT-10 long duration balloon mission: a successful qualification test for a new Iridium® telemetry. In: ESA SP-700 - 20th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and related Research (Hyère, France, 22-26 May 2011). Proceedings, pp. 313 - 319. ESA Communications, 2011.
On June J7lh 2010 at 20:30 (UTC) a Long Duration Balloon has been launched from the Nobile Amundsen base (760 31' 26.0" N 84° 30' 55.4" W, Svalbard Islands) carrying on board the most recent Iridium~ telemetry module built by an Italian factory in collaboration with an Italian research institute. The payload landed successfully on June 20th 2010 al 21:00 58 (UTC), 76° 30' 44.2" N 84° 40' 31.1" W, about 280 m a.s.l. The Bi-directional Iridium Telemetry (BIT) represents the last application of a prototype module (MSITel) whose development began years ago. A small CZT detector has been used to allow full testing of the scientific input channel. The BIT telemetry provided a true real lime control and monitoring or the whole payloads through a full duplex Iridium link, all over the flight, including the ballast release and the flight termination. This BIT unit was able even take pictures using two onboard webcams that were packed and sent to ground in low-resolution mode. All the data has been stored into on board memory sticks and recovered for complete post-flight data analysis. The SURECA BIT-10 mission, that once again has demonstrated the capabilities and the reliability of the MSITel module, has accomplished thanks to the joint effort of the Italian Space Agency and the Andoya Rocket Range that made feasible Long Duration balloon flights from Northern Polar Region.
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Subject Ballonn flight in poloar mregions

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