PMC-Turbo Project

NASA Long-Duration Ballon Flight to study polar mesospheric clouds, gravity waves, and turbulence
  • Primary Instrument: Seven 16MP cameras with wide and narrow fields-of-view
  • Add-On instruments: DLR BOLIDE lidar, USU OH camera


  1. PMC Turbo was motivated by EBEX star camera images that revealed spectacular turbulence structures
  2. Polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs) occur where gravity wave dissipation and turbulence are strong
  3. PMC are sensitive tracers of turbulence morphologies - in an ideal natural laboratory
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