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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 2535-2544, 2016
http://www.atmos-meas-tech.net/9/2535/2016/
doi:10.5194/amt-9-2535-2016
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09 Jun 2016
Return glider radiosonde for in situ upper-air research measurements
Andreas Kräuchi and Rolf Philipona

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New radiosonde instruments for humidity-, radiation- and gas-profile measurements were introduced in recent years for atmospheric research and climate monitoring. Such instruments are intended to be reused on multiple flights. Here we introduce the return glider radiosonde (RGR), which enables flying and retrieving valuable in situ upper-air instruments. The RGR is lifted with weather balloons to a preset altitude, and a built-in autopilot flies the glider autonomously back to the launch site.
New radiosonde instruments for humidity-, radiation- and gas-profile measurements were...
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