Reports

VEGA Balloon System and Instrumentation

Science  21 Mar 1986:
Vol. 231, Issue 4744, pp. 1408-1411
DOI: 10.1126/science.231.4744.1408

Abstract

The VEGA Venus balloon radio transmissions received on Earth were used to measure the motion of the balloons and to obtain the data recorded by onboard sensors measuring atmospheric characteristics. Thus the balloons themselves, the gondolas, the onboard sensors, and the radio transmission system were all components of the experiment. A description of these elements is given, and a few details of data sampling and formatting are discussed.

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