Event Title

A Miniaturized Multi Sensor Array for Balloon-Borne Air Measurements, Phase I

Start Date

5-6-2019 10:15 AM

Description

Weber State University’s High-Altitude Ballooning team, HARBOR, has seen an opportunity for cooperative research among the many individual balloon teams based in North America. The Great American Solar Eclipse brought these teams into the spotlight as dozens of ballooning groups worked together to image the eclipse. Leveraging this collection of balloon teams to create a large-scale data set could make some valuable discoveries and give us a better understanding of the atmospheric dynamics that take place in the stratosphere. Our team has decided to facilitate the creation of such a data set by designing an atmospheric data collection tool, the mini-Multi Sensor Array, that can be flown by teams all over the nation, and potentially the world. Our goal is to create an inexpensive, lightweight, easy to assemble device which will measure gas concentrations, particulate matter, atmospheric turbulence, and meteorological parameters such as temperature, pressure, and humidity. We will also add features such as long distance telemetry, which will facilitate recovery of these payloads. Having a redundant, lightweight tracking device will increase the number of flight teams that are making a regular effort to fly our mini-MSA with their payload.

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May 6th, 10:15 AM

A Miniaturized Multi Sensor Array for Balloon-Borne Air Measurements, Phase I

Weber State University’s High-Altitude Ballooning team, HARBOR, has seen an opportunity for cooperative research among the many individual balloon teams based in North America. The Great American Solar Eclipse brought these teams into the spotlight as dozens of ballooning groups worked together to image the eclipse. Leveraging this collection of balloon teams to create a large-scale data set could make some valuable discoveries and give us a better understanding of the atmospheric dynamics that take place in the stratosphere. Our team has decided to facilitate the creation of such a data set by designing an atmospheric data collection tool, the mini-Multi Sensor Array, that can be flown by teams all over the nation, and potentially the world. Our goal is to create an inexpensive, lightweight, easy to assemble device which will measure gas concentrations, particulate matter, atmospheric turbulence, and meteorological parameters such as temperature, pressure, and humidity. We will also add features such as long distance telemetry, which will facilitate recovery of these payloads. Having a redundant, lightweight tracking device will increase the number of flight teams that are making a regular effort to fly our mini-MSA with their payload.