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Scientists prepare to launch a balloon to test an emergency deflation system designed for the blimp.

Mike Jensen (left) and Yannick Meillier (right) prepare to launch a balloon to test an emergency deflation system designed for the blimp Tethered Lifting System (TLS).

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The blimp Tethered Lifting System (TLS) acts as a platform to take atmospheric measurements.

Rising above the ground in Lafayette, Colo., the blimp Tethered Lifting System (TLS) acts as a platform to take atmospheric measurements. The system was developed at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where a team of researchers studies the nocturnal stable boundary layer, the lowest layer of the nighttime atmosphere that extends from the Earth's surface up to a few hundred meters.

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