Published: Updated on – 21:18, Thu – 10 November 22
Hyderabad: The Tata Institute for Basic Research (TIFR) conducts flights of 10 balloons for scientific purposes from the second week of November. The research is conducted by TIFR under the auspices of the Department of Atomic Energy and ISRO.
Balloons filled with hydrogen gas, carrying scientific instruments will be launched from the TIFR Balloon Facility, ECIL, Hyderabad, between 8 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. Scientific instruments are transported to reach altitudes of between 30 km and 42 km and held at those heights for periods ranging from a few hours to 10 hours and then released from the balloon, explained TIFR lead scientist B Suneel Kumar.
During the ascent and on the ceiling, the balloons will drift with the prevailing winds and the instruments could land at points as far away as around 200 to 350 km from Hyderabad. The drifts of the balloons will be on the Visakhapatnam-Hyderabad-Solapur line.
After release, the instruments will descend to the ground on large colored parachutes. The planned impact regions of the payload after release are – Adilabad, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Hyderabad, Jagtial, Jangoan, Jayshankar Bhupalpally, Jogulamba Gadwal, Kamareddy, Karimnagar, Khammam, Kumuram Bheem, Mahabubabad, Mahabubnagar, Mancherial, Medak, Medchal -Malkajgiri, Districts of Nagarkurnool, Nalgonda, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Peddapalli, Rajanna Sircilla, Rangareddy, Sangareddy, Siddipet, Suryapet, Vikrabad, Wanaparthy, Warangal, Yadadri Bhuvanagiri.
Suneel Kumar said the instruments were extremely sensitive and valuable and scientific data would be lost if tampered with. There may be dangerous high voltages on some of the instruments only if the instruments were opened, otherwise they were safe and harmless, he said.
People who find the parachute and instruments were asked not to remove them from their landing place and were asked to contact the nearest police station, post office and district administration. Scientists carrying out these experiments would then collect the instruments and pay the discoverer an appropriate reward, he said, adding that no reward will be paid if the instrument is found open or tampered with.