First results of RASMUS: Source gases in the mesosphere

H. Duscha, R. Borchers, P. Fabian, W. Bischof

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We present the first results of project RASMUS (Rocket-borne Air Sampler for the Mesosphere and Upper Stratosphere). Besides N2O and CH4, H2, CO and CO2, stable halogenated hydrocarbons such as CF4, CHClF2, CClF2-CF3 and CF3-CF3 have been measured for the first time at about 60 km altitude. RASMUS is a new LHe-cooled cryogenic whole-air sampler which allows collection of 4 samples of about 4 ℓ STP at freely programmable height levels between 65 and 40 km. The samples are collected at the apogee and during the descent phase, at subsonic velocity of the instrument. They are frozen out on gold plated cold fingers suspended in electropolished stainless steel containers with liftable sampler caps. After parachute-recovery they are analyzed using GC and GC-MS techniques. Results of the first RASMUS flight on May 6, 1987 from ESRANGE/Sweden are presented and discussed in the light of model predictions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-81
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


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