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dropsonde

[′dräp‚sänd]
(engineering)
A radiosonde dropped by parachute from a high-flying aircraft to measure weather conditions and report them back to the aircraft. Also known as dropwindsonde; parachute radiosonde.

dropsonde

dropsonde
A radiosonde dropped by parachute from high-flying aircraft normally over areas devoid of population to measure (and transmit) weather data for all heights continuously during descent.
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Once in the center of the storm, the loadmaster prepares a dropsonde to be launched from a tube within the WC-130J Hercules and fall to the surface of the ocean recording wind speed, air pressure and storm rotation.
The dropsonde is one of several weather instruments that measures temperature, pressure, dew point, wind speed and direction inside the hurricane, as well as the surface pressure inside the hurricane's eye.
The HDSS is an automated system deploying the expendable digital dropsonde (XDD) designed to launch dropsondes at high temporal rates (spatial intervals as small as -4 km) to measure wind, pressure, temperature, and humidity profiles and skin sea surface temperature (SST).
The AVAPS dropsonde system will eject small sensors tied to parachutes that drift down through the storm, measuring winds, temperature and humidity.
The dropsonde is a weather instrument package released by a weather reconnaissance loadmaster into the eyewall and center of the hurricane.
KaZaK's PADD is an air vehicle delivery device coupled with a dropsonde launcher to provide a precision, stand-off delivery capability using existing ASW.
Dropsonde transects with 4-10-km spacing through the inner cores of Hurricanes Patricia, Joaquin, and Marty depict the large horizontal and vertical gradients in winds and thermodynamic properties.
Boston Engineering's MASED an acronym for Multi-Purpose Above Surface/Below Surface Expendable Dropsonde is an instrumented buoy with advanced sensors.
demonstrates the process of launching a dropsonde during a training mission for local and national media members as part of the 403rd Wing's annual media day.
A dropsonde operator hitting the aircraft's ceiling when the aircraft hit an air pocket.
Currently available hygristors, used for balloon and dropsonde experiments, stop working in the upper troposphere as total pressure, water concentration, and temperature drop.
However, measurements taken by airborne SFMR provide a very good connection between the sparse dropsonde data and the observed SMAP wind fields.