The L-band TM/TC transportable station is used to follow-up stratospheric balloons. This station is interesting because of its management modes that enable the follow-up of the balloon in one of the following modes:
- Manual: from a joystick,
- Automatic: from a GPS positioning information transmitted by the balloon.
The station transportability and easy assembly enable to meet any operational requirement. This type of station is implemented by the CNES (project ETNA) at Aire sur Adour, at Kiruna, and by INPE (project MASCOT).