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The aircraft is equipped with 25 instruments of advanced weather reconnaissance equipment, including a dropsonde, an expendable weather reconnaissance device, a radioactivity detector, and a data acquisition system.
A typical Hurricane Hunter crew includes two pilots, a navigator, an aerial reconnaissance weather officer and a dropsonde loadmaster.
He waits for the weather officer to give him the signal to drop the first biodegradable dropsonde that will collect the vital data on the storm as it falls attached to a parachute to the ocean surface.
The weather reconnaissance loadmaster collects and records vertical meteorological data using a parachuteborne sensor known as a dropsonde.
Drops in the ocean In order to measure hurricane wind speeds using the standard method, scientists drop a 16-inch-long tube packed with scientific instruments called a dropsonde.
As the aircraft enters the eye wall, the Airborne Weather Reconnaissance Officer (AWRO) releases a dropsonde, a weather instrument that determines the maximum surface winds of the storm.
The dropsonde sensors, each about the size of an empty paper towel tube and weighing less than 227 grams (8oz), are loaded into lightweight aluminium rack in the belly of the Global Hawk and are released without actuation, dropping into the storm straight through holes in the bottom of the rack, says Carl Johnson, Northrop's vice president of air and land advanced concepts.
NOAA GOES satellite, NDBC Buoy and NHC dropsonde data for sea surface temperature and meteorological variables including air temperature, wind speed and sea level pressure were used for computations.
The CMO's Chemical Detection Remote Sensing System program is investigating dropsonde chemical detectors, ultraspectral sensors that can analyze gas particles for distinctive signatures (e.
The measurements included high-resolution, full-tropospheric dropsonde kinematic and thermodynamic profiles (Hock and Franklin 1999), wide-swath measurements of surface wind speed, and airborne conventional and Doppler radar measurements of kinematic and precipitation structure.
The aircraft will carry a suite of four instruments including a dropsonde system called the Airborne Vertical Atmospheric Profiling System, or AVAPS.
The dropsonde data pillars show relative humidity where blue represents dry air and red represents moist air.
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