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 we introduce Arlo Johnson. Welcome to the team Arlo!
Arlo Johnson is a graduate student at Montana State University working with Dr. John Sample. He got his bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of Montana in 2010, and his master’s degree at Montana State in 2012. Arlo began his physics studies in solid state materials science, but outside of school he was always thinking and reading about space. Because of this he switched his focus to space science when he became involved in the FIREBIRD satellite project in the fall of 2015, and joined the BARREL team last winter. His research is focused on combining the observations of these two projects. Space has always fascinated Arlo, and becoming a space scientist is a childhood dream come true.