NARVAL-II mission: PLANET flies HALO

August often stands for holiday, but not for atmospheric research!

Currently stationed at Barbados, the DLR G550 HALO (High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft) has a scientific mission to accomplish: NARVAL-II.

In continuation with NARVAL (“Next Generation Remote Sensing for Validation Studies”), NARVAL-II investigates the role played by convective aggregation in climate through observation of cloud systems in the deep tropics.

Such flight operations require real-time coordination, communication and data transmission from scientific instruments between the scientists on-board and the other players involved.

ATMOSPHERE’s flight mission management platform PLANET supports them in real-time through:

  • Telemetry: transmission of scientific measurements from the aircraft to the ground

  • Collaborative services: multi-channel chat, file transfer, geomarkers

  • Flight following and guidance

  • Weather and aeronautical data integration and display

During this campaign, HALO collects data via multiple scientific instruments such as the Dropsonde system. ATMOSPHERE has developed a new feature enabling the automatic transmission of the generated Dropsonde reports to weather services on the ground.

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Photo: Minikin, 2016 © DLR