Storm Glider - Team #2 - Proposal

Storm Glider - Team #2 - Proposal - AAE 490t/590t CGT 423...

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Storm Glider Proposal February 20, 2004 Steven Blaske, Matthew Branson, Heather Dunn, Leslie Martin, Nicholas Nugent, Enrique Portillo,
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Carrie Spear Project Motivation One of the most common ways to collect weather data today is through weather balloons. As these balloons ascend, they eventually pop or drift out of range for retrieval. A major drawback of this process is that the data acquisition and transmission equipment, or radiosonde, is lost. The loss of this equipment results in a great cost for the National Weather Service. For example, it costs $100 for every expendable radiosonde without a GPS and $165 for radiosonde with a GPS. The United States deploys 150 radiosonde daily, which brings the cost to $15,000 to $25,000 per day 1 . Overall in the world, $200,000 is spent daily to replace the lost equipment on weather balloons. To help reduce the cost of collecting weather data, the storm glider idea emerged. The function of a storm glider is to collect atmospheric data while attached to a weather balloon. The weather balloon carries the glider to a specific altitude at which it is released. Figure 1 in the Appendix shows how the glider will be carried up vertically to the designated altitude. Once released, the glider will return with the radiosonde to a pre-described location. This trajectory can be seen in figure two in the Appendix. The original proposal of this idea was developed by Dean Lauritsen of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in 1993 2 . There have been a few attempts to design and build a storm glider. Even though the idea of a storm glider was originally designed for use with weather balloons, this concept can have broader capabilities. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency can use the storm glider to collect air pollution data on a more regular basis. Also the military could possibly use this technology for surveillance. Mission Requirements Overview
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