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Manned balloons: a calibration tool for satellite-based remote sensing measurements in atmospheric research
Author(s): Juergen Euskirchen; Peter Nebendahl
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Paper Abstract

Space based measurements concerning chemistry and physics in the lower atmosphere very often are discussed due to discrepancies found in ground verification by countermeasurements from planes. The manned balloon offers an ideal platform for Lagrange experiments and control measurements staying in defined air masses and heights for longer times. This enables comparing measurements when the launch site is in the field of view of the remote-sensors. The Richard Assmann Launch Site for hydrogen balloons at Ottobrunn, operated since 1992 by Fordergemeinschaft 'Wissenschaftliche Ballonfahrt' e.V. (Fg WB) together with the Daimler-Benz Aerospace A.G. (Dasa), Allows countermeasurements close to conurbanization and agricultural areas a few miles from the German Remote Sensing Center Oberpfaffenhofen. Until now measurements have been executed concerning: (1) Ozone concentration above and below the boundary layer and ozone vertical profiles. (2) Concentration and transport-mechanisms of pesticides above boundary layer. (3) UV background radiation measurements for rocket detection. (4) Optical density of atmosphere in different heights. The Richard Assmann launch site is open for national and international activities. Platform and pilots are available from Fg WB together with technical assistance from Dasa.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1995
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 2646, Digital Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing '95, (1 December 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.227860
Show Author Affiliations
Juergen Euskirchen, Foerdergemeinschaft Wissenschaftliche Ballonfahrt eV (Germany)
Peter Nebendahl, Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2646:
Digital Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing '95
Eugeny A. Fedosov, Editor(s)

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