Meteorological balloons as an experimental platform for scientific and engineering research

Alfred B. Chen, Cheng Hsiu Chiu, Shao Chun Wen, Hsuan Chen Lai, Han Tzong Su, Rue Ron Hsu

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Abstract

The exploration by the in-situ measurement in the stratosphere, approximately 8-50 km height, can be done by sounding balloons exclusively. The scientific sounding balloon was used in the past decades to carry up to tones of the scientific instruments to the upper atmosphere and reached a great contribution in the atmosphere science, space science, and astrophysics. But the large scientific balloon can be launched in the limited sites for the safety reason and its cost is not affordable by all scientists. By integrating the miniaturized sensors, processor board and meteorological sounding balloon, we developed an experimental platform to carry small instruments up to 33 km altitude and transmit data to mobile ground stations. This experimental platform has the advantages of lightweight, inexpensive, disposable, and safe. It is not only can be employed in the scientific measurement but also able to act as a testbed for the new technologies which is going to be used in sounding rocket or satellite missions. The system structure of this platform and a successful flight experiment are introduced in this paper, and the new possible improvement is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 CACS International Automatic Control Conference, CACS 2013 - Conference Digest
Pages36-40
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec 1
Event2013 CACS International Automatic Control Conference, CACS 2013 - Nantou, Taiwan
Duration: 2013 Dec 22013 Dec 4

Publication series

Name2013 CACS International Automatic Control Conference, CACS 2013 - Conference Digest

Other

Other2013 CACS International Automatic Control Conference, CACS 2013
CountryTaiwan
CityNantou
Period13-12-0213-12-04

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering

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