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Trajectories of long duration balloons launched from McMurdo Station in Antarctica

Geach, Christopher Peter and Hanany, Shaul and Tan, Chiou Yang and Tan, Xin Zhi (2021) Trajectories of long duration balloons launched from McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 7 (2). SPIE - Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers. doi: 10.1117/1.JATIS.7.2.027002. ISSN 2329-4124.

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The Columbia Scientific Ballooning Facility operates stratospheric balloon flights out of McMurdo Station in Antarctica. We use balloon trajectory data from 40 flights between 1991 and 2016 to give the first quantification of trajectory statistics. We provide the probabilities as a function of time for the payload to be between given latitudes, and we quantify the southernmost and northernmost latitudes a payload is likely to attain. We find that for the median flight duration of 19 days, there is 90% probability the balloon would drift as far south as 88S or as far north as 71S; shorter flights are likely to experience smaller ranges in latitude. These statistics, which are available digitally in the public domain, will enable scientists planning future balloon flights make informed decisions during both mission design and execution.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/141536/
Document Type:Article
Title:Trajectories of long duration balloons launched from McMurdo Station in Antarctica
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Hanany, ShaulUniversity of MinnesotaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Tan, Chiou YangUniv. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Tan, Xin ZhiUniv. of Illinois, Urbana ChampaignUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:21 May 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:SPIE - Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers
Keywords:Stratospheric ballooning, long-duration ballooning, Antarctica, McMurdo, trajectories
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Components and Systems
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L CS - Components and Systems
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Unmanned Aerial Systems
Location: Neustrelitz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics > Solar-Terrestrial Coupling Processes
Deposited By: Geach, Christopher Peter
Deposited On:27 May 2021 09:04
Last Modified:05 Dec 2023 08:17

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