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A technical description of the Balloon Lidar Experiment BOLIDE

Kaifler, Bernd and Rempel, Dimitry and Roßi, Philipp and Büdenbender, Hans Christian and Kaifler, Natalie and Baturkin, Volodymyr (2020) A technical description of the Balloon Lidar Experiment BOLIDE. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions (AMTD). Copernicus Publications. ISSN 1867-8610

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2020-150

Abstract

The Balloon Lidar Experiment (BOLIDE) was the first high-power lidar flown and operated successfully onboard a balloon platform. As part of the PMC Turbo payload, the instrument acquired high resolution backscatter profiles of Polar Mesospheric Clouds (PMCs) from an altitude of ∼38 km during its maiden ∼6 day flight from Esrange, Sweden, to Northern Canada in July 2018. We describe the BOLIDE instrument and its development and report on the predicted and actual in-flight performance. Although the instrument suffered from excessively high background noise, we were able to detect PMCs with a volume backscatter coefficient as low as 0.6 × 10^−10 m^−1 sr^−1 at a vertical resolution of 100 m and a time resolution of 30 s.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/134993/
Document Type:Article
Title:A technical description of the Balloon Lidar Experiment BOLIDE
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Kaifler, BerndDLR, IPAhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5891-242X
Rempel, DimitryDLR, IPAUNSPECIFIED
Roßi, PhilippDLR, IPAUNSPECIFIED
Büdenbender, Hans ChristianDLR, IPAhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8778-3172
Kaifler, NatalieDLR, IPAhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3118-6480
Baturkin, VolodymyrDLR, RY-MTSUNSPECIFIED
Date:2020
Journal or Publication Title:Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions (AMTD)
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Publisher:Copernicus Publications
ISSN:1867-8610
Status:Accepted
Keywords:balloon lidar, PMC Turbo, polar mesospheric clouds, noctilucent clouds, Arctic
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):Vorhaben Mittlere Atmosphäre
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Lidar
Institute of Space Systems > Mechanic and Thermal Systems
Deposited By: Kaifler, Dr. Natalie
Deposited On:19 May 2020 10:26
Last Modified:19 May 2020 10:26

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