Name: Nagendra Neerudu
Affiliation: Balloon Facility,Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Conference ID : ASI2022_508
Title : Scientific Ballooning for Astronomy and Atmospheric Science Studies
Authors : N. Nagendra, B. S. Kumar, G. S. Peter, D. K. Ojha
Abstract Type: Oral
Abstract Category : Instrumentation and Techniques
Abstract : High altitude scientific ballooning research and conducting different balloon experiments have been an integral part of the Balloon Facility of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR-BF), Hyderabad. Different kinds of zero pressure balloons of volumes ranging from 300 m3 to 740,000 m3 for carrying 50 - 1000 kg payloads to an altitude of 18 - 43 km have been designed, fabricated and launched from the TIFR Balloon Facility mainly for space astronomy and atmospheric science experiments. These stratospheric scientific balloons are very huge and aloft with heavy payloads and float at their designed altitudes depending upon the prevailing wind conditions. Recently, TIFR-BF provided the launch support for different balloon campaigns such as Tropical Tropopause Dynamics (TTD) to study the water vapour content in Upper Tropospheric and Lower Stratospheric (UTLS) region over Hyderabad, series of balloon campaigns to study the Asian Tropopause Aerosol Layer (BATAL) during the Indian summer monsoon season to study the Asian Tropopause Aerosol Layer (ATAL) and TIFR Far-Infrared Astronomy experiments etc., in collaboration with different national and international research institutes. In this talk, various balloon experiments conducted recently for astronomy and atmospheric sciences from the TIFR Balloon Facility will be discussed.