Balloon Borne Measurements of Aurorally Generated X-Rays, Electric Fields and Infrasonic Waves

H. Slamanig, Martin Friedrich

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The block diagram of an integrated balloon payload for measuring X-rays, E-fields and rapid temperature variations is presented. The characteristics of the sensors and housekeeping devices are given along with the way their data are coded in a slow PCM telemetry system. The payload consists of a scintillation counter, electric field probes, a high resolution sonic thermometer, and an auroral photometer. An electronic card determines pressure, payload temperature, battery voltage and balloon location. A commercial transducer yields a voltage proportional to pressure. Standard 1/4 in. tape recorders are used for telemetry. For data processing, sync words are omitted from the digital tape, giving a 576-frame record.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWuppertal Univ. Sounding Rocket Program Aeronomy Project: Energy Budget Campaign
Place of PublicationWuppertal
Publication statusPublished - 1981

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