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    Procyon

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    Date: 19:00 UTC 08/09/1968 | Type: Baloon | Yield: 1.28Mt

    Procyon was France's second hydrogen bomb test designed to produce a larger fusion reaction from the secondary stage. The largest nuclear test conducted at Mururoa atoll and the second largest French test overall. The device was hoisted high above the Dindon testing sector, on the western end of Mururoa, by a helium filled balloon. Detonated at an altitude of 700 meters, the highest balloon test conducted by France. The device was fired at this height to reduce local radioactive fallout. The yield exceeded all pre-shot predictions. Though less powerful than the Canopus test, Procyon was considered a much more efficient design. Excellent meteorological conditions during shot time permitted ideal photography of the test, much of which was subsequently published in the media following the test.







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