Title: SARRIM: A tool to follow the rocket releases used by the CNES Environment and Safety Division on the European Spaceport of Kourou (French Guyana)

Authors: Marco Cencetti, Vince Veilleur, Armand Albergel, Christophe Olry

Addresses: CNES, Service Environnement et Sauvegarde Sol, BP 726 97387, Kourou cedex, France. ' CNES, Service Environnement et Sauvegarde Sol, BP 726 97387, Kourou cedex, France. ' ARIA Technologies – 8-10, rue de la Ferme – 92 100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France. ' ARIA Technologies – 8-10, rue de la Ferme – 92 100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Abstract: This paper presents the SARRIM Software, a multi-function atmospheric dispersion model dealing with the local and large scale impact assessment for propellant and hypergolic rocket releases, nominal or accidental launch, controlled propellant fires and booster test bench. It is an operational and fast running tool taking into account stratifications inside the PBL using the last on-site radiosounding. Among other pollutants, acid fall down with the Al2O3 particles due to propellant combustion is evaluated. This software allows the CNES Safety department to organise the safety programme and an environmental sampling monitoring survey at every launch.

Keywords: SARRIM software; propellant rocket releases; hypergolic rocket releases; nominal launch; accidental launch; propellant fires; atmospheric dispersion modelling; propellant combustion; safety; French Guyana; environmental sampling monitoring; air pollution; air quality.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2011.038406

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2011 Vol.44 No.1/2/3/4, pp.87 - 95

Published online: 07 Feb 2011 *

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