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GLORIA has been operated on the German research aircraft HALO and on the high altitude aircraft Geophysica. The following missions have been performed so far:

  • The ESSenCe (ESA Sounder Campaign) mission in Nov/Dec. 2011 from Kiruna, Sweden with Geophysica

  • The combined TACTS/ESMVal (Transport And Composition in the UT/LMS - Earth System Model Validation) mission in Aug/Sept 2012 from Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany with HALO

  • The combined POLSTRACC (Polar Stratosphere in a Changing Climate), GW-LCYCLE (Gravity Wave Life Cycle Experiment) and SALSA (Seasonality of Air Mass Transport and Origin in the Lowermost Stratosphere) missions in Dec. 2015 - March 2016 from Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany and Kiruna, Sweden with HALO

  • The STRATOCLIM (Stratospheric and upper tropospheric processes for better climate predictions) missions in Sept. 2016 from Kalamata, Greece and in July/August 2017 from Kathmandu, Nepal with Geophysica

  • The WISE (Wave-driven Isentropic Exchange) mission in September/October 2017 from Shannon, Ireland with HALO

  • The SouthTRAC campaign from September until November 2019 from Tierra del Fuego (Río Grande), Argentina with HALO


GLORIA-B, the balloon version of GLORIA, has been flown at altitudes of more than 35 km during two stratospheric balloon campaigns within the HEMERA Research Infrastructure funded by the Horizon 2020 framework Programme of the European Union:

  • From Kiruna, Sweden in August 2021.
  • From Timmins, Canada in August 2022.