The Airborne Science Instrument Database provides details on the science instruments that have been used as part of NASA-funded airborne research.

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Currently displayed: instruments 1 - 18 of 18.

Title Acronym Contact Person Aircraft Type Measurements
Advanced Whole Air Sampler AWAS Elliot Atlas (PI) Global Hawk, ER-2, WB-57 Whole Air Sampling CFCl3, CF2ClCFCl2, Halon-1211, NMHCs, CO, CH4, N2O
Airborne 2-Channel Laser Infrared Absorption Spectrometer ALIAS-II Lance Christensen (PI) Balloon Spectrometer N2O, CH4, CO, HCl, NO2
Airborne Scanning Microwave Limb Sounder A-SMLS Paul Stek (PI) WB-57 Limb Sounder H2O, O3, CO, HNO3, CH2O, N2O, HCN, CH3CN, CH3OH, SO2, HDO, H2O2, NO2, CH3Cl, (CH3)2CO
Airborne Tunable Laser Absorption Spectrometer ATLAS ER-2 Spectrometer (in situ) N2O, CH4, CO, O3
Aircraft Laser Infrared Absorption Spectrometer ALIAS Lance Christensen (PI) Balloon, ER-2, WB-57 Laser absorption, Spectrometer (in situ) N2O, H2O isotopes, H2O, CO, CH4, CO2 isotopes, HCl
Argus Tunable Diode Laser Instrument ARGUS Max Loewenstein (PI) Balloon, ER-2, WB-57 Laser absorption, Spectrometer (in situ) CO, CH4, N2O
Carbon Monoxide By Attenuation of Laser Transmission COBALT James Podolske (PI) DC-8, P-3 Orion Laser absorption CO
Differential Absorption Carbon Monoxide Measurement DACOM Glenn S. Diskin (PI) DC-8, P-3 Orion Laser absorption, Spectrometer (in situ) N2O, CO, CH4, CO2
Harvard Tracer Suite HTS Bruce Daube (PI) DC-8 Laser absorption, Spectrometer (in situ) CO, CO2, CH4, N2O
Harvard University Picarro Cavity Ring Down Spectrometer HUPCRS Steven C. Wofsy (PI) Global Hawk Spectrometer (in situ) CH4, CO2, CO
JPL Mark IV Balloon Interferometer MkIV Geoffrey Toon (PI) Balloon, DC-8 Interferometer H2O, O3, N2O, CO, CH4, NO, NO2, HNO3, HNO4, N2O5, H2O2, ClONO2, HOCl, HCl, HF, COF2, CF4, SF6, CF2ClCFCl2, CHF2Cl, CF2Cl2, CFCl3, CCl4, CH3Cl, C2H2, C2H6, OCS, HCN, N2, O2, CO2
Measurement of Pollution in the Troposphere-Aircraft MOPITT-A James Drummond (PI) ER-2 Sounder CO, CH4
PAN and Trace Hydrohalocarbon ExpeRiment PANTHER James W. Elkins (PI) DC-8, WB-57 Gas chromatography (CH3)2CO, PAN, H2, CH4, CO, N2O, SF6, CFCl3, CF2Cl2, Halon-1211
Programmable Flask Package Whole Air Sampler PFP Steve Montzka (PI) DC-8 Whole Air Sampling N2O, SF6, H2, CS2, OCS, CO2, CH4, CO, CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs, Solvents, Methyl Halides, Hydrocarbons, Perfluorocarbons
Quantum Cascade Laser System QCLS Steven C. Wofsy (PI) WB-57 Laser absorption CO2, CO, CH4, N2O
UAS Chromatograph for Atmospheric Trace Species UCATS James W. Elkins (PI) Altair, Global Hawk, DC-8 Gas chromatography, Spectrometer (in situ), Photometer N2O, SF6, CH4, CO, O3
Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Atmo Water Sensor Package UAVAWSP Lance Christensen (PI) N2O, H2O isotopes, H2O, CO, CH4
Vacuum UV Resonance Fluorescence CO Instrument VUV-CO Teresa Campos (PI) NSF G-V Fluorescence CO