Oberst, J. and Molau, S. and Heinlein, D. and Gritzner, C. and Schindler, M. and Spurny, P. and Ceplecha, Z. and Rendtel, J. and Betlem, H. (1998) The European Fireball Network: Current status and future prospects. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 33 (1), pp. 49-56.
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Among the three large camera networks Fireball Netcarrying out fireball observations through the seventies and eighties, the "European work" is the last one still in operation. The network today consists of more than 34 all-sky and fish-eye cameras deployed with ~100 km spacing and covering an area of ~10_6 km_2, in the Czech and Slovak Republics, Germany, as well as parts of Belgium, Switzerland, and Austria. Network operation results in ~10 000 image exposures per year, which represent on average 1200 h of clear sky observations - as imaging periods are restricted due to daylight, moonlight, and clouds. The cameras detect currently large meteors at a rate of ~50 per year; this is in good agreement with the encounter rates determined in previously fireball studies. From sightings of "meteorite candidates" (fireballs that may have deposited meteorites) and meteorite recoveries in the network area, we estimate that 15% of the influx of meteoritic matter is currently observed by the cameras, whereas <1% is recovered on the ground. Issues to be addressed by future fireball observations include the study of very large meteoroids (>1000 kg) for which statistics are currently very poor and an examination of their relationship to NEOs (near-Earth objects) identified by current NEO search programs.
|Title:||The European Fireball Network: Current status and future prospects|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Meteoritics & Planetary Science|
|In ISI Web of Science:||Yes|
|Page Range:||pp. 49-56|
|Keywords:||meteor, meteorite, fireball, European Fireball Network|
|HGF - Research field:||Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)|
|HGF - Program:||Space (old)|
|HGF - Program Themes:||W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums|
|DLR - Research area:||Space|
|DLR - Program:||W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums|
|DLR - Research theme (Project):||UNSPECIFIED|
|Institutes and Institutions:||Institute of Planetary Research > Institut für Planetenerkundung|
|Deposited By:||elib DLR-Beauftragter|
|Deposited On:||16 Sep 2005|
|Last Modified:||14 Jan 2010 15:44|
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