Just about a month after the successful StratoClim campaign is over, there is the next measurement campaign with IEK-7 participation “taking off” at the moment… so welcome to WISE! During the next 5 weeks, Irene, Isabell, Lukas and me (Conny) will keep you posted here in the blog about what is going on with our instruments on-board of HALO.

WISE campaign in Shannon, Ireland, 2017. (https://www.wise2017.de/)

After several years of preparation, this week it was finally time for the first flight of the WISE campaign. This was on Wednesday. The flight track took us from Germany to the west and onto the Atlantic Ocean passing Shannon in Ireland, from where the campaign will be continued in the following weeks. Peter Preusse, a IEK-7 researcher, took two very nice pictures from HALO departure and return from this first, local flight launched from the preparation site in Oberpfaffenhofen.

HALO before the launch in Oberpfaffenhofen with the Zugspitze, Germanies highest mountain, in the background. (Peter Preusse, Forschungszentrum Jülich)

HALO comes back to Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, after 9 hours successful flight. (Peter Preusse, Forschungszentrum Jülich)

The flight was already successful. All instruments seem to have worked during the 9 hours up in the air. Of course, we cannot really say much about the quality of this data before it was further processed. But we are all set to start the campaign in Shannon! The transfer of HALO to Shannon with all instruments on-board will take place on Monday, 18th September 2017.

Some more details on the campaigns, flights and what is going on on the ground in preparation and post-processing, will follow soon.

See you then. Cheerio!

About Cornelia Strube

Conny is a PhD student at the Institute for Energy and Climate (IEK-7, Stratosphere) and a fellow in the HITEC stipend program. In her PhD, she is working with weather forecasting data to characterise gravity waves in the atmosphere. In addition, she is helping out in the flightplanning team for the WISE campaign.

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