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European Facility For Airborne Research May 29, 2023, 20:16


Airborne measurement of atmospheric nitrogen pollution

Researchers of the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy have no need for energy drinks in order to get airborne, they simply work together with Dr Thomas Ruhtz’s team at Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) who have an aircraft at their disposal. Together with the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), each of the three institutes contributes their equipment and expertise to the ESA-funded NITROCAM campaign for the measurement of air pollution due to nitrogen compounds. This in preparation of NITROSAT, a satellite dedicated to making high-resolution observations of nitrogen pollution sources, which is in the running to become ESA’s 11th Earth Explorer mission. So far, the NITROCAM campaign has not only delivered good data, but also great aerial views of some interesting landmarks!

You can read a longer article about the campaign and see some more of the pictures at this link.

Originally published on Sept. 8, 2022
Last update on Sept. 8, 2022

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A montage of images from the NITROCAM campaign.

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