To all our colleagues, co-workers, customers and friends a Merry Christmas and
all the best for 2011!
This year our Santa Claus got trapped between bundles of paper when he realized that he needs proper logistics for the distribution of the gifts, including the development and certification of QA/QC processes. enviscope had similar demands in 2010, e.g. during the RECONCILE campaign, within the IAGOS project, and for all the HALO and FALCON certification work.
From October 25th to October 31st 2010 enviscope joined the
International Conference on Airborne Research for the Environment (ICARE)
During the Airborne Research Exhibition with more than 10 participating research aircraft and 60 stands for research funding institutions, operators, experts and SMEs instrumentation, enviscope presented its activities in the field of atmopsheric research and the poster shown below.
Click on picture to download poster in pdf-Format (~1 MB)
The scientific experiment HALO_SR “Spectral Radiances” has been flown aboard the first HALO mission with operational scientific instruments. The instrumental set-up has been certified within our co-operation with the Design Organisation Gomolzig Flugzeug und Maschinenbau GmbH (GFM). This experiment is a a joint development of Universities of Mainz and Leipzig, and Research Center Jülich.
DLR has finished the first set of test flights with the Trace Gas Inlet (TGI) installed on HALO. The TGI was developed, manufactured and delivered by enviscope. The whole test flight envelope up to the maximum airspeed of mach 0.885 has been tested.
The flight tests are one important step towards the final certification driven by the DLR design office. enviscope contributed with the documentation and substantiation of the inlet assembly, including the modified aperture plate.
TGI mounted to HALO, Photograph by K. Witte, DLR
SMART-HELIOS is a newly developed instrument for measuring spectral radiative properties of clouds. It was built by enviscope GmbH on behalf of and in co-operation with the Leipzig Institute for Meteorology (LIM) and the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (IfT).
SMART-HELIOS is designed to be operated below a helicopter and in combination with the “Airborne Cloud Turbulence Observation System” ACTOS. It is gimbal-mounted (20 m below the helicopter) and fixed within the rope carrying ACTOS .
The instrument measures radiances and irradiances for the visible and near-infrared spectral ranges above the clouds by means of two optical inlets an four spectrometers, while ACTOS simultaneously measures 150 m below the microphysics and turbulence parameters of the same part of the cloud.
After 10 weeks in a pretty, nice, but very cold area, our work north of the Arctic Circle came to an end when the last scientist left Arena Arctica, Kiruna.
enviscope was responsible for the logistics of the EU-FP7 funded Geophysica research campaign RECONCILE (https://www.fp7-reconcile.eu/index.html). Researchers from nine countries were involved in this aircraft campaign with one of the most remarkable research aircraft, the Russian M55 Geophyisica.
What an exiting job! One certainly can imagine the required effort to ensure that everything is on its place in time and to offer excellent working conditions for more than 80 scientists, engineers, technicians, etc.
After 12 successful measuring flights into the Stratosphere none of the participants has been talking about logistics. This is a good indicator that we did our job not too bad… And with a lot of new friends we are looking forward to the next Geophysica deployment, wherever the campaign will take place!