December 7, 2020 to December 16, 2020
Project Location: 
Colorado, Hawaii, Chile
Project Phase: 
Funding Type: 
NSF Funded
Project Description: 

The Airborne Stabilized Platform for Infrared Experiments (ASPIRE) will deploy the NSF/NCAR HIAPER GV to Chile or Argentina from 7-16 December 2020. The ASPIRE program will design and build a solar-tracking platform for the GV aircraft and demonstrate 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 Earth’s atmosphere, and for atmospheric measurements of trace gases obtained by observing sunlight transmitted through atmospheric absorption bands. 

Test flights for instrument functionality will be performed in Colorado and Hawaii in the fall of 2020.