Balloon operation for stratospheric air sampling at Antarctica

H. Honda, N. Yajima, T. Yamagami, S. Aoki, G. Hashida, T. Machida, S. Morimoto

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On January 3rd, 1998, a cryogenic air sampling experiment was carried out at Syoma Station (69S, 40E), which is the first successful trial in the world for collection of large amount of stratospheric air over the Antarctic. The samples are analyzed for CO 2 , CH 4 , CFCs, and C and O isotope ratios in CO 2 in the laboratories. As the meteorological conditions for launching and payload recovery are both critical, feasibility on wind conditions over Syowa Station was studied in detail. The balloon launching operations had to be performed without a specialist. Facilities for balloon launching, tracking, and other support systems were newly designed for ready-to- and easy-to-use. Realtime remote support from Japan for the balloon launching and flight control operations was applied using a computer network linked by INMARSAT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1369-1372
Number of pages4
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Jan 1
EventPSB1 Symposium of the COSPAR Panel on Technical Problems Related to 'Scientific Ballooning' - 32nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly - Nagoya, Jpn
Duration: 1998 Jul 121998 Jul 19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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