RECK-TANGLE (The Reck-Tang Limbsounder Experiment)
Developed by NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Balloon launched on 10/17/2019, from Scientific Flight Balloon Facility, Fort Sumner, (NM), US
Description of the payload
The ReckTangLE II (Reck-Tang Limbsounder Experiment II) is an improved version of a two band CMOS spectrometer developed for high altitude balloon flights in the upper stratosphere developed as part of a joint project between NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Los Angeles.
The instrument detects and maps water vapor as well as several other pollutants. The ReckTangLe features a 500-600 GHz spectrometer band focused on NO2, O3, and other pollutant spectral lines, with the front-end receiver provided by the JPL sub-millimeter wave group.
Unlike the early version planned to be launched as a piggyback payload onboard more complex systems, ReckTangLE-II is a self supporting experiment which counts with it's own navigation, tracking and command/telemetry systems as well as it's own power system and landing/recovery system.
Video footage of the launch
Details of the balloon flight
Balloon launched on: 10/17/2019 at 13:54 utc Launch site: Scientific Flight Balloon Facility, Fort Sumner, (NM), US
Balloon launched by: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon Raven Aerostar - A1.128-0-02 - 1.128.000 cuft Flight identification number: 705N End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 10/17/2019 at 18:36 utc
Balloon flight duration (d:days / h:hours / m:minutes): 5 h 15 m Landing site: Near Matador, Texas, US
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