Dropsonde

Dropsonde

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Description
This is a cutaway example, enclosed in clear plastic, of the type of instrument that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) dropped into and around Hurricane Katrina as that storm crossed the Gulf of Mexico in the late summer of 2005, and that provided information that scientists used to gauge the size, strength and speed of the storm. Marked parts include: fiber board shell, temp humidity sensor, telemetry antennae, 400 mhz transmitter, battery, microprocessor, gps antennae, umbilical connector, codeless gps, p temp humidity, and parachute.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
dropsonde (cutaway)
date made
circa 2006
maker
Vaisala, Inc.
place made
United States: Colorado, Boulder
Physical Description
cardboard (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16 in x 3 in; 40.64 cm x 7.62 cm
overall: 16 in x 3 1/4 in; 40.64 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
2007.0213.2
accession number
2007.0213
catalog number
2007.0213.2
Hurricane Katrina
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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