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A new observation capacity to measure stratospheric composition

GLORIA-B launched on stratospheric balloon

A large stratospheric balloon with the infrared imaging spectrometer GLORIA-B on board was successfully launched from Timmins, Canada on 23/24th August 2022. The aim of the multifaceted mission by researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) was to measure stratospheric composition and explore photochemical reactions, dynamical processes, and high-reaching pollution from forest fires. The campaign also aimed at supporting the European Space Agency (ESA) in demonstrating new instrumentation proposed to be flown on the satellite missions FORUM and CAIRT. After being launched by the team of the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the balloon reached its maximum altitude of 36500 metres - at which point its full size diameter is as large as a football field. The successful flight has been part of the European HEMERA Research Infrastructure within the Horizon 2020 framework and delivered high-quality composition information about the quiescent summer stratosphere.