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Insitu Aerosonde

For the Australian manufacturer of UAVs, see Aerosonde Ltd.
Aerosonde Laima (XMQ-19A)
Aerosonde "Laima" in display at Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA
Role UAV
National origin Australia
Manufacturer Aerosonde Ltd, a division of Textron

The Aerosonde is a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed to collect weather data, including temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, and wind measurements, over oceans and remote areas. The Aerosonde was developed by Insitu, and is now manufactured by Aerosonde Ltd, which is a strategic business of AAI Corporation. The Aerosonde is powered by a modified Enya R120 model aircraft engine, and carries on board a small computer, meteorological instruments, and a GPS receiver for navigation.

On August 21, 1998, a Phase 1 Aerosonde nicknamed "[3].

The Aereosonde Mark 4.4 has been designated XMQ-19A by the U.S. military.[1]

Specifications (Aerosonde)

General characteristics

  • Crew: None
  • Length: 5 ft 8 in (1.7 m)
  • Wingspan: 9 ft 8 in (2.9 m)
  • Height: 2 ft 0 in (0.60 m)
  • Wing area: 6.1 ft² (0.57 m²)
  • Empty: lb (kg)
  • Loaded: 28.9 lb (13.1 kg)
  • Maximum take-off: lb ( kg)
  • Powerplant: Modified Enya R120 model aircraft engine, 1.74 hp (1280 W)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 90 mph (140 km/h)
  • Range: 1,875 miles (3,000 km)
  • Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,500 m)
  • Rate of climb: ft/min ( m/min)
  • Wing loading: 5 lb/ft² (23 kg/m²)
  • Power/Mass: 0.06 hp/lb (98 W/kg)

References

  • Display information at Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.
  • G.J. Holland, T. McGeer and H.H. Youngren. Autonomous aerosondes for economical atmospheric soundings anywhere on the globe. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 73(12):1987-1999, December 1992.

Cyclone reconnaissance

  • P-H Lin & C-S Lee. Fly into typhoon Haiyan with UAV Aerosonde. American Meteorological Society conference paper 52113 (2002).
  • NASA Wallops Flight Facility press release: "Aerosonde UAV Completes First Operational Flights at NASA Wallops"

Laima flight

  • Tad McGeer. "Laima: The first Atlantic crossing by unmanned aircraft" (1998)
  • Aerosonde Pty Ltd. press release: "First UAV across the Atlantic"
  • University of Washington, Aeronautics and Astronautics Program, College of Engineering: (Aerosonde project web page)

External links

  • Aerosonde Pty Ltd. web site
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