Wednesday, 15 May 2002: 10:45 AM
An analysis of the wind vector error estimate for the Automated Meteorological Profiling System's Low Resolution Flight Element as compared to the High Resolution Flight Element
The Automated Meteorological Profiling System (AMPS) is in the final phases of acceptance testing at Cape Canaveral Air Station. The AMPS Low Resolution Flight Element (LRFE) consists of a standard latex balloon with a Global Positioning System tracked sonde suspended at the end of a 30 m train. The AMPS High Resolution Flight Element (HRFE) consists of a clear Jimsphere, also tracked using the Global Positioning System. An analysis is presented which calculates the Wind Vector Error Estimate for the LRFE using the HRFE as a comparison. The results are then compared to the Space Shuttle launch and landing requirements for low resolution wind measurements.