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.
Brett has passed along some photos from the first launch at SANAE!
1J about to launch!
The Balloon Club: (from left to right) Cornelia, John, Philip, Steph, Paul, Carson, Nadia, Braam, Brett, Patty, Jon, Claire
We have two balloons up and 1J from SANAE is racing along! We hope to have at least one more up tomorrow and use Halley to fill in the gaps between those coming from SANAE. We should have some good longitude coverage soon.
Thanks for all those who help with the launches and stay warm out there!