Start Date

5-2020 12:00 AM

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Weber State University’s High-Altitude Ballooning team, HARBOR, is developing a lightweight, flexible, expandable sensor array for both high-altitude balloon flight and low-altitude drone flight.

The system will have the following capabilities:

1.Gas sensor and air quality board/chamber:

a. Gases: CO, CO2, NO2, NH3, SO2, O3, VOCs

b. Particulates: PM1, PM2.5, PM10.

2. Metrological data measurement suite:

a.Temperature, pressure (with two sensors), %RH.

b. Wind by proxy for balloon flights via the GPS.

3. Flight dynamics and geolocation suite:

a. High altitude GPS

b. 9-axis inertial measurement: acceleration, gyroscope, and magnetometer.

4. Onboard data logging to a microSD card.

5. Live data downlink via 900 MHz XBee to two matching ground stations (one fixed, one mobile).

6. Onboard user interface with removable OLED display.

The goal is to create a uniform data set that can be used by balloon and air measurement teams that will save the data in a basic csv format. A separate program will add metadata related to the fight conditions and save the complete dataset in the NASA standard ICARTT file format.

Once we have the system optimized, we’ll share it with other balloon teams nationally and internationally. The goal is to create a standard data set that will make college and high school high altitude balloon flights more consistent and thus more useful for atmospheric research.

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May 1st, 12:00 AM

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

Weber State University’s High-Altitude Ballooning team, HARBOR, is developing a lightweight, flexible, expandable sensor array for both high-altitude balloon flight and low-altitude drone flight.

The system will have the following capabilities:

1.Gas sensor and air quality board/chamber:

a. Gases: CO, CO2, NO2, NH3, SO2, O3, VOCs

b. Particulates: PM1, PM2.5, PM10.

2. Metrological data measurement suite:

a.Temperature, pressure (with two sensors), %RH.

b. Wind by proxy for balloon flights via the GPS.

3. Flight dynamics and geolocation suite:

a. High altitude GPS

b. 9-axis inertial measurement: acceleration, gyroscope, and magnetometer.

4. Onboard data logging to a microSD card.

5. Live data downlink via 900 MHz XBee to two matching ground stations (one fixed, one mobile).

6. Onboard user interface with removable OLED display.

The goal is to create a uniform data set that can be used by balloon and air measurement teams that will save the data in a basic csv format. A separate program will add metadata related to the fight conditions and save the complete dataset in the NASA standard ICARTT file format.

Once we have the system optimized, we’ll share it with other balloon teams nationally and internationally. The goal is to create a standard data set that will make college and high school high altitude balloon flights more consistent and thus more useful for atmospheric research.