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Building a QC Database of Meteorological Data from NASA KSC and the United States Air Force's Eastern Range
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Author and Affiliation:
Brenton, J. C.(Jacobs Technology, Inc., Huntsville, AL, United States)
Barbre, R. E.(Jacobs Technology, Inc., Huntsville, AL, United States)
Decker, R. K.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Orcutt, J. M.(Jacobs Technology, Inc., Huntsville, AL, United States)
Abstract: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Natural Environments Branch (EV44) provides atmospheric databases and analysis in support of space vehicle design and day-of-launch operations for NASA and commercial launch vehicle programs launching from the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC), co-located on the United States Air Force's Eastern Range (ER) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The ER complex is one of the most heavily instrumented sites in the United States with over 31 towers measuring various atmospheric parameters on a continuous basis. An inherent challenge with large datasets consists of ensuring erroneous data are removed from databases, and thus excluded from launch vehicle design analyses. EV44 has put forth great effort in developing quality control (QC) procedures for individual meteorological instruments, however no standard QC procedures for all databases currently exists resulting in QC databases that have inconsistencies in variables, development methodologies, and periods of record. The goal of this activity is to use the previous efforts to develop a standardized set of QC procedures from which to build meteorological databases from KSC and the ER, while maintaining open communication with end users from the launch community to develop ways to improve, adapt and grow the QC database. Details of the QC procedures will be described. As the rate of launches increases with additional launch vehicle programs, It is becoming more important that weather databases are continually updated and checked for data quality before use in launch vehicle design and certification analyses.
Publication Date: Jan 07, 2018
Document ID:
20180001122
(Acquired Feb 13, 2018)
Subject Category: METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY; QUALITY ASSURANCE AND RELIABILITY
Report/Patent Number: M17-6446
Document Type: Oral/Visual Presentation
Meeting Information: American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting 2018; 98th; 7-11 Jan. 2018; Austin, TX; United States
Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology Symposium; 6th; 7-11 Jan. 2018; Austin, TX; United States
Meeting Sponsor: American Meteorological Society; Washington, DC, United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NNM12AA41C
Financial Sponsor: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Organization Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Public use permitted
NASA Terms: METEOROLOGICAL PARAMETERS; DESIGN ANALYSIS; QUALITY CONTROL; DATA BASES; SPACECRAFT LAUNCHING; LAUNCH VEHICLES; STANDARDIZATION; NASA PROGRAMS
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