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Instrument: PFP

Name PFP
Acronym PFP
Manufacturer Atmospheric Observing Systems, Inc.
Manufacturer website
Operated by CNR-ISAFoM
Operated onboard

Instrument type

Name Whole Air Samples
Acronym Air Sampler

Principle of operation

Measured parameter VOC, Alkyl nitrates, halocarbons, CFCs, HCFCs
Operating principle

Collection of sample bottles from onboard air sample pipe.

Measurement(s) Gas Phase

Dimension and weight

External dimension Programmable Flask Package - PFP = 20x30x10inches Programmable Compressor Package - PCP = 20x23x10inches
Weight 0.0


Operating mode In situ






Operational restriction

Altitude ceiling for compressors is 8000 meters.

Operational requirements

Self-powered from internal rechargeable battery pack (24V; 14.8 AH)

Certification approvals

Additional information

1. Automated Air Sample Collection, Storage, and Analysis.
2. Fidelity of Sample Storage verified by NOAA/GMD for:
a. CO2, CO, CH4, N2O, SF6, and the Stable Isotopes of CO2.
b. Storage fidelity of other compounds is under investigation.
3. Sample Collection triggered by:
a. AOS Display Unit
b. Date/Time
c. GPS Location (optional with purchase of GPS Unit)
d. RS-232 Input
4. Records System Parameters including:
a. Flush Time
b. Sample Fill Pressure
c. Sample Fill Volume (Up to 2 liters)
5. Records Environmental Parameters
a. Data ports available for additional devices (Sold Separately)
(GPS, Temp/Hum, Ozone, etc.)

Access, host and processing


Could also fit on any aircraft having the following characteristics

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