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Volume 8, issue 6 | Copyright

Special issue: Atmospheric limb imaging with GLORIA

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 2543-2553, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
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Research article 23 Jun 2015

Research article | 23 Jun 2015

In-flight control and communication architecture of the GLORIA imaging limb sounder on atmospheric research aircraft

E. Kretschmer1, M. Bachner2, J. Blank3, R. Dapp4, A. Ebersoldt4, F. Friedl-Vallon1, T. Guggenmoser3,*, T. Gulde1, V. Hartmann4, R. Lutz5, G. Maucher1, T. Neubert5, H. Oelhaf1, P. Preusse3, G. Schardt5, C. Schmitt6, A. Schönfeld3, and V. Tan3 E. Kretschmer et al.
  • 1Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Spurengase und Fernerkundung (IMK-ASF), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2Institut für Energie- und Klimaforschung – Troposphäre (IEK-8), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
  • 3Institut für Energie- und Klimaforschung – Stratosphäre (IEK-7), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
  • 4Institut für Prozessdatenverarbeitung und Elektronik (IPE), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 5Zentralinstitut für Engineering, Elektronik und Analytik – Systeme der Elektronik (ZEA-2), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
  • 6Institut für Angewandte Informatik (IAI), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • *now at: ESA European Space Research and Technology Center, Noordwijk, the Netherlands

Abstract. The Gimballed Limb Observer for Radiance Imaging of the Atmosphere (GLORIA), a Fourier-transform-spectrometer-based limb spectral imager, operates on high-altitude research aircraft to study the transit region between the troposphere and the stratosphere. It is one of the most sophisticated systems to be flown on research aircraft in Europe, requiring constant monitoring and human intervention in addition to an automation system. To ensure proper functionality and interoperability on multiple platforms, a flexible control and communication system was laid out. The architectures of the communication system as well as the protocols used are reviewed. The integration of this architecture in the automation process as well as the scientific campaign flight application context are discussed.

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