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    Date: 18:30 UTC 03/07/1970 | Type: Baloon @500m | Yield: 914kt

    Licorne was a test of an experimental thermonuclear device for the TN-60 warhead; the fourth thermonuclear test conducted by France. The nuclear device was suspended from a balloon, which was filled with 14,000 cubic meters of helium, 500 meters (1600 feet) feet over the Dindon testing sector. Shot day was characterized by cloudy conditions but good visibility, with weak winds (2 to 4 knots) due southeast were forecast on shot day. The cloud reached an altitude of 24,000 meters approximately six minutes after shot time, with the base of the cloud reaching 15,800 meters. Two Vautour aircraft conducted cloud sampling missions at H+1 hour 15 minutes. Four rockets were fired into the mushroom cloud to collect gaseous samples. Fallout was detected on several atolls downwind, including Tureia, Reao and Puka Rua. Newly appointed Minister of Defense Michel Debré observed the test from the De Grasse along with 12 representatives from the French press. Debré reportedly swam in the Mururoa lagoon during this time to make the reporters think the radiological effects of the nuclear tests were harmless.

    Published on: 2007-03-02 (47734 reads)

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