BARREL (Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses) is a multiple-balloon investigation that will study Earth's Radiation Belts.
Atmospheric losses of relativistic electrons play an important role in radiation belt dynamics; precipitation into the atmosphere may even completely deplete the radiation belts in some cases.
BARREL is the first NASA Living With a Star Geospace Mission of Opportunity, and will support NASA's RBSP (Radiation Belt Storm Probes) mission.
Today our Halley team had their first successful launch! You can track both payloads at soc2.ucsc.edu. The SANAE team will try for another launch tomorrow if the weather holds out. The Halley team is expecting good launch conditions on Friday.
Halley Status (last update UT 1800 02Jan2013)
Halley team has launched payload 1B! 1D is ready for launch and payload 1I is being tested.
SANAE Status (last update UT 2220 02Jan2013)
Payload 1K is ready for launch. Payload 1L is ready for outdoor testing, near ready for launch.
UPDATE: Probable launch of payload 1K on 03Jan2013, as early as 1100 UT (0300 PST).
UPDATE: Possibility exists of a 2nd launch of 1L from SANAE on 03Jan2013
SOC Update (last update ...)
SOC now displaying realtime data after power outage at UCSC. No data were lost and all data are available through the SOC Archive Viewer.