Supplementary data for "The PMC Turbo balloon mission to measure gravity waves and turbulence in Polar Mesospheric Clouds: Camera, telemetry, and software performance"

  • Christopher P Geach (Creator)
  • Carl M Kjellstrand (Creator)
  • Glenn Jones (Creator)
  • Bifford P. Williams (Creator)
  • David C. Fritts (Creator)
  • Amber Miller (Creator)
  • Michele Limon (Creator)
  • Shaul Hanany (Creator)
  • Jason Reimuller (Creator)



The Polar Mesospheric Cloud Turbulence (PMC Turbo) instrument consists of a balloon-borne platform which hosts seven cameras and a Rayleigh lidar. During a six-day flight in July 2018, the cameras captured images of Polar Mesospheric Clouds (PMCs) with a sensitivity to spatial scales from ~20 m to 100 km at a ~2-s cadence and a full field of view (FOV) of hundreds of kilometers. We developed software optimized for imaging of PMCs, controlling multiple independent cameras, compressing and storing images, and for choosing telemetry communication channels. We give an overview of the PMC Turbo design focusing on the flight software and telemetry functions. We describe the performance of the system during its first flight in July 2018. The images uploaded here support the paper in demonstrating the performance of the PMC Turbo instrument.

There are three separate files containing images from PMC Turbo cameras during its flight in July 2018. Image data were taken aboard the PMC Turbo instrument described in Fritts et al. (2019) "PMC Turbo: Studying Gravity Wave and Instability Dynamics in the Summer Mesosphere Using Polar Mesospheric Cloud Imaging and Profiling From a Stratospheric Balloon,"

Funding information
Sponsorship: NASA 80NSSC18K0050; NASA 80NSSC20K0178
Date made available2020
PublisherData Repository for the University of Minnesota
Date of data productionJul 8 2018 - Jul 14 2018

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