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HELiPOD - revolution and evolution of a helicopter borne measurements system for multidisciplinary research in demanding environments

Pätzold, Falk and Bretschneider, Lutz and Nowak, Stefan and Brandt, Björn and Schlerf, Andreas and Asmussen, Magnus and Bollmann, Sven and Barfuss, Konrad and Harm-Altstadter, Barbara and Hecker, Peter and Wehner, Birgit and van der Wall, Berend G. and Sachs, Torsten and Huntrieser, Heidi and Roiger, Anke-Elisabeth and Lampert, Astrid (2023) HELiPOD - revolution and evolution of a helicopter borne measurements system for multidisciplinary research in demanding environments. Elementa : Science of the Anthropocene. BioOne. doi: 10.1525/elementa.2023.00031. ISSN 2325-1026.

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Official URL: https://online.ucpress.edu/elementa/article/11/1/00031/197483/HELiPOD-Revolution-and-evolution-of-a-helicopter


The helicopter-borne measurement system HELiPOD is a platform for atmospheric and other environmental measurements to investigate local and regional phenomena. It can be operated in remote areas, as from a research vessel with a helicopter, without the need for a runway. This article presents the current design concept, technical details and sensor package of HELiPOD, which was completely renewed for the deployment during the MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) expedition across the North Polar Ocean in 2019/2020. It was updated for the deployment in the methane campaigns METHANE-To-Go-Poland to study methane emissions from coal mines in South Poland, and METHANE-To-Go-Nordstream, a follow-up campaign to study methane emissions from the Baltic Sea after the NordStream pipeline leaks in 2022. The HELiPOD has dimensions of 5.2 m x 2.1 m x 1.2 m and a weight of around 325 kg. It provides the possibility for flight patterns on a horizontal scale of typically 100 m to 100 km and at altitudes from 10 m up to 3 km. HELiPOD employs distributed data acquisition and central data synchronization, equipped with sensors relevant to five fields of research: atmospheric dynamics, trace gases, aerosols, radiation and surface properties. The focus of the article is the technical realization, in particular the data acquisition system for about 60 sensors, as well as concepts for energy supply and thermalmanagement. It describes the complementary use of different measurement principles and redundant sensors for improved data quality. Operational procedures are also discussed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/198540/
Document Type:Article
Title:HELiPOD - revolution and evolution of a helicopter borne measurements system for multidisciplinary research in demanding environments
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Pätzold, FalkTU Braunschweig, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bretschneider, LutzTU Braunschweig, BraunschweigUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Nowak, StefanTechnische Universität BraunschweigUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brandt, BjörnmessWERK GmbH, BraunschweigUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schlerf, AndreasTU Braunschweig, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Asmussen, MagnusTU Braunschweig, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bollmann, SvenTU Braunschweig, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Barfuss, KonradTU Braunschweig, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Harm-Altstadter, BarbaraTU Braunschweig, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hecker, PeterTU Braunschweig, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
van der Wall, Berend G.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6144-0921146031798
Huntrieser, HeidiDLR, IPAhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8046-1859UNSPECIFIED
Lampert, AstridTU Braunschweig, BraunschweigUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:19 October 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Elementa : Science of the Anthropocene
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Keywords:trace gases, aerosols, helicopter-borne measurements
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AI - Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Climate, Weather and Environment
Location: Braunschweig , Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Trace Species
Institute of Flight Systems > Rotorcraft
Deposited By: Huntrieser, Dr.rer.nat. Heidi
Deposited On:06 Nov 2023 12:05
Last Modified:28 Nov 2023 13:13

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