Top Banner Home Mission Overview Menu Data News Menu Publications


Preparations are underway for the Sweden 2015 campaign.

BARREL 2013-14 Operations have officially ended. For more information on the 2013-14 campaigns, check out the BARREL blog!



BARREL Fact Sheet

Follow us on Facebook

BARREL has a webpage on the NASA website.



David Smith (one of the BARREL Co-I's) was featured on KQED in California, talking about BARREL

Click here to listen to the audio and read the article.

Home > News and Events

News and Events

Kamikazee Electrons: Taking to the sky with BARREL - an article by Thomas Summers

Towering 15 stories above the Antarctic landscape, the white balloon casts a long, dark shadow across the snow. The ground crew makes final preparations for launch, filling the balloon with helium and securing its cargo. In one fluid motion, the workers free the balloon from the Earth. Rising into the air, it becomes a fading silhouette in a cloudless sky.

Read more....

David Smith (one of the BARREL Co-I's) was featured on KQED in California, talking about BARREL

Click here to listen to the audio and read the article.

RBSP launched!!

NASA's twin RBSP spacecraft successfully launched at 4:05 am eastern on August 30, 2012. BARREL will work closely with RBSP to understand how energetic particles are lost from Earth's radiation belts.

Click here, to read the full article on NASA website.

Atlas 5 rocket assembled for NASA's RBSP launch

Preparing for the next rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, crews have completed building up the Atlas 5 rocket that will carry a pair of NASA science satellites into space August 23.

Click here to read the full article on Spaceflight Now on July 26, 2012.

New NASA Mission to Study Space Weather

With 14 days until its launch, the Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission is previewed by scientists at NASA Headquarters in Washington. RBSP will study the role of the Earth's radiation belts in producing space weather that can adversely affect communications and electronic systems.

Click here, to listen to the press conference.

Balloons Flying Over Antarctica May Help Solve Radiation Mystery

The planet is surrounded by two gigantic, fluctuating donut-shaped zones made of protons and electrons known as the Van Allen radiation belts. The charged particles in these zones can damage sensitive electronics on spacecraft such as those used for global positioning systems (GPS) and communications and can injure humans in space.

"Probably the most interesting thing to me about the radiation belts is how variable the region is," physicist Robyn Millan at Dartmouth College told SPACE.com.

Click here, to read the full article published by Space.com March 18, 2011.

NASA spotlights the BARREL project.

They nicknamed it the "Little Balloon That Could." Launched in December of 2010 from McMurdo Station in Antarctica, the research balloon was a test run and it bobbed lower every day like it had some kind of leak. But every day for five days it rose back up in the sky to some 112,000 feet in the air.

Click here, to read the full article published by NASA on February 22, 2011.

The 2010 McMurdo Campaign is completed.

Click here to view the daily blog from the launch site.