Using an Imager on a Tethered Balloon System for Observations of Boundary Layer Clouds

Clouds are such a mysterious and beautiful part of nature, but equally challenging to understand. Researchers Fabiola Ramelli, Alexander Beck, Jan Henneberger, and Ulrike Lohmann created a weather balloon meteorology system to study the boundary layer of clouds. These are essential in helping understand the Earth’s climate. The technology used during the initial phase was deemed incapable of completing the goal of the study. With the study’s goal in jeopardy, Lenox Laser provided small holes in a holoBalloon.

These holoBalloons could effectively measure the makeup of the cloud, the density shape, size, and more onto a holographic imager. The balloon can have a static and aerodynamic lift. The balloon inside is made up of the battery, a global positioning system, temperature and humidity sensor, and a 3-D sonic anemometer. Those items placed inside the balloon were used to simulate a resistance test when the holoBalloon was tethered to the ground via a winch. 10 µm diamond pinholes — drilled by Lenox Laser — provided a light source for the balloon’s optical systems. The laser beam used for the drilling was around the width of 40 mm. The hope for this balloon is to measure cloud factors such as heat, density, temperature, and wind speed. This is a massive leap forward in determining dangerous weather elements and delivering the results to the public and Lenox Laser was honored to have been a part of it.

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