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ASPIRE: Airborne Stabilized Platform for Infrared Experiments


The Airborne Stabilized Platform for Infrared Experiments (ASPIRE) will deploy the NSF/NCAR HIAPER GV to observe the eclipse from 15 November - 7 December 2021. The ASPIRE program designed and built a solar-tracking platform for the GV aircraft and demonstrated its capabilities by flying two focal plane instruments in the 2020 total solar eclipse across South America. ASPIRE builds on the success of the Airborne InfraRed Spectrometer (AIR-Spec), turning the GV into a solar-viewing platform for rapid prototyping of solar and atmospheric instruments. The platform is well-suited for infrared investigations of the sun, as it can operate above the influence of most of the Earth’s atmosphere, and for atmospheric measurements of trace gases obtained by observing sunlight transmitted through atmospheric absorption bands. 

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Temporal coverage

Begin Date 2021-11-15 00:00:00
End Date 2021-12-08 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 48.00, Minimum (South) Latitude: 40.00
Minimum (West) Longitude: -112.00, Maximum (East) Longitude: -96.00

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