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Intensive probing of clear air convective fields by radar and instrumented drone aircraft.Clear air convective fields were probed in three summer experiments (1969, 1970, and 1971) on an S-band monopulse tracking radar at Wallops Island, Virginia, and a drone aircraft with a takeoff weight of 5.2 kg, wingspan of 2.5 m, and cruising glide speed of 10.3 m/sec. The drone was flown 23.2 km north of the radar and carried temperature, pressure/altitude, humidity, and vertical and airspeed velocity sensors. Extensive time-space convective field data were obtained by taking a large number of RHI and PPI pictures at short intervals of time. The rapidly changing overall convective field data obtained from the radar could be related to the meteorological information telemetered from the drone at a reasonably low cost by this combined technique.
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Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Rowland, J. R. (Johns Hopkins University Silver Spring, Md., United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1972
Subject Category
Meeting Information
Radar Meteorology Conference(Urbana, IL)
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