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BARREL Balloons Take to the Skies Again!01.10.2014

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Figure 1. Payload paths from Dec 27 through Jan 10.

The 2013/2014 NASA-funded Balloon Array for RBSP Relativistic Electron Losses (BARREL) Remote Antarctic Science Campaign kicked off on 27 December with its first of 20 launches from one of the two remote sites, Halley Bay Research Station and South Africa National Antarctic Expedition IV. Dr. Robyn Millan from Dartmouth College is the Principle Investigator for BARREL with collaborators from several Universities and Institutions.   BARREL is a multiple-balloon investigation conducted by the science team that will study Earth's Radiation Belts. Each site will conduct 10 hand launches throughout the austral summer season. As of 10 January there are six instruments aloft circumnavigating the continent (Figure 1).

 

 

 

 

You can learn more and follow the team’s progress here:
http://relativisticballoons.blogspot.com/

To keep up to date on the Science of BARREL check out:
http://barrelscience.blogspot.com/

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