13th Conference on Applied Climatology and the 10th Conference on Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology

Wednesday, 15 May 2002: 11:00 AM
An Analysis of the Thermodynamic Operational Comparability Between the Automated Meteorological Profiling Systemís Low Resolution Flight Element and the Meteorological Sounding System
Frank B. Leahy, NASA/MSFC and Raytheon, Huntsville, AL; and B. G. Overbey and B. C. Roberts
The Automated Meteorological Profiling System (AMPS) uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to track standard rawinsonde balloon packages. The AMPS Low Resolution Flight Element (LRFE) will replace the Meteorological Sounding System (MSS) that currently provides thermodynamic profiles for space launch operations at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). An analysis is presented which establishes the thermodynamic operational comparability between the two systems. The results will then be compared to Space Shuttle launch and landing accuracy requirements for thermodynamic profile measurements.

Supplementary URL: