• Automatic launcher for unmanned sounding
  • This new system called RobotSonde was developed for :
    • Make operator task easier.
    • Reduce possibility of error and wrong handling during preparation/launch phase.
    • Increase percentage of successful sounding and available data on GTS.
    • Increase security of persons specially when hydrogen is used for inflating the balloon.
    • Facilitate staff management during out of normal working hours (night or weekend) or re-more location.
    • Reduce global running costs of sounding stations (possible reduction of global staff).

RobotSonde is composed of following subsystems:

  • Launcher tube.
  • Shelter with separated technical and operator rooms.
  • Carrousel
  • 12 individual removable containers of balloon train.
  • Electronic control unit.

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