SUNRISE-3 was transported in April 2022 to the Esrange Space Center near Kiruna, Sweden, in the Arctic Circle, and prepared for launch. Originally scheduled for mid-June, the flight was delayed due to transportation issues with the balloon and weather conditions, and it took off from the Esrange Space Center at 3:44 a.m. (Central European Summer Time) on July 10th. Unfortunately, soon after takeoff the mission had to be terminated at 9:05 a.m. on July 10th due to a problem with the telescope not facing the sun. SUNRISE-3 descended by parachute onto a mountain top in Sweden where it was later found and recovered by local team members, and is now being transported to the Esrange Space Center. As far as we could confirm at the landing site, there was no significant damage to the gondola and the observational instruments. The SCIP instrument we have developed operated without any problems during the flight. We will be discussing future plans.
SUNRISE-3 just prior to launch
Team members who participated in the Esrange launch site tests
For more details, please refer to the following article at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS).