A Low-cost Mobile Automated Sonde Launching System
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Yankee Environmental Systems, Inc.
101 Industrial Blvd., Turner Falls, MA, 01376
AbstractWe describe a radiosonde launch system that is automatic, robust, fault-tolerant, and mobile. Once loaded, for each cycle the system will automatically: 1) Determine ambient conditions, 2) power up a radiosonde, 3) tune the receiver, 4) initialize sonde communication, 5) performs pre-launch calibration, 6) start data acquisition software, 7)inflate a balloon and verify inflation, 8) release the balloon and sonde, 9) continuously capture data for duration of flight, 10) stop data capture, 11) transfer data to a central data archive, and 12) return to an idle state and prepare for the next launch.
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