Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.

Faculty Advisor

Stafford, Kenneth A.

Abstract

Each year, over 70,000 radiosondes are launched into our atmosphere aboard weather balloons to gather data used for weather prediction, climate research, directing air traffic, and more. After ascending to 120,000 ft, the radiosondes descend to Earth under a small parachute. Most of these radiosondes are used only once due to the lack of a means for recovery; more than 80% of radiosondes launched are lost. This project developed an autonomous radiosonde glider that actively steers itself from the apex of its flight to recovery locations on the ground. This enables easy and reliable recovery, reducing costs and offering new capabilities to atmospheric researchers. The glider integrates the essential weather sensors used on current radiosondes with those needed for autonomous flight.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Interdisciplinary

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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