Sparv Embedded is working on extending the Windsond system to also support using a UAV as vehicle for measurements at altitude. This will allow meteorological soundings without utilizing balloons or helium, making the equipment even more portable and making soundings even less expensive than with the Windsond radiosonde. We believe this holds great potential for both existing users of radiosonde technology as well as new markets and we have filed for a patent for our method.
As a step in this development, we will participate in a conference by “International Society for Atmospheric Research using Remotely piloted Aircraft”, ISARRA. The conference will take place in Norman, Oklahoma, USA from May 20 to 22. Oklahoma has a long and rich tradition in both weather research and aviation.
At the conference trade show, we will also showcase the Windsond miniature radiosonde. Maybe see you there?
Windsond will be exhibited during the Meteorological Technology World Expo in Brussels 13-15 October. The expo is the largest of its kind in the world and Sparv Embedded is excited to be there. We’re already planning for the event and also hope to unveil product news there.
To quote the web site;
Meteorological Technology World Expo is the must-attend event for any company or organisation looking for more accurate and next-generation weather forecasting and climate-change measurement technologies and services. Now in its fifth year, this truly global exhibition attracts over 150 exhibiting companies and 2,500+ attendees from over 70 countries.
Happy new year to all Windsond users! 2015 will bring a lot of news. I (Anders Petersson) am now working full-time with Windsond. We can look forward to a new computer software version, improved marketing and support materials, exposure in existing and new markets and new product development that we can’t disclose yet. The ball is really set in motion.
We have received inquiries and orders from different markets around the world and will make sure to fulfill customer requirements as well as possible. We’re excited to continue to develop the Windsond system for you!
Are you interested in capturing data of your local atmospheric conditions? Questions or feature requests? We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
We are proud to announce that Swedish UAV manufacturer CybAero has bought a Windsond system. CybAero develops unmanned helicopters as one of very few companies in its particular niche world-wide. They are growing rapidly. With a recently received order worth over 100 million USD their future looks bright.
CybAero plans to use Windsond to gauge weather conditions for test and demo flights around the world. Situated in the same city as Windsond manufacturer Sparv Embedded AB, CybAero is already highly aware of the capabilities of Windsond. The sale is a recognition of how usable and economical Windsond is in field operation.
Windsond now adds support for OziExplorer. Since before, Google Earth could be used to visualize the movement of sondes during soundings and to see the predicted landing locations. Now OziExplorer can be used as an alternative. OziExplorer has better support for offline maps which can help if operating without an internet connection.
OziExplorer is a commercial mapping application, also available in a free version with limitations, and a trial version. The support starts with Windsond software 1.52. Enable the support in the Settings dialog.
The company behind Windsond has changed name in the process of incorporation. The company is now known as Sparv Embedded AB instead of Kiwi Embedded. The company logo is new but operation continues as before and all agreements, warranties etc naturally continue to be honoured.
The current enclosure is a regular styrofoam cup, meant to hold hot or cold beverages thanks to the insulating properties. This works surprisingly well for a weather sonde, both in terms of aerodynamic properties, low weight, insulation and access to interior. The very low cost is also a bonus. The circuit board is designed to lock in place inside, for a snug fit.
Still, a commercial product can do better. Even lower weight is achievable. Replacing the battery and balloon tether thread can become easier. The insulation can be improved, allowing operation at higher altitude. The size can be reduced to about 50%.
These CAD renderings give an idea of how Windsond will look once large-scale production is started. Apart from the advantages listed above, the product name is printed on the side and grooves on the top eases opening the sonde for service. The sensor boom with thermometer and hygrometer is shown in green. The telemetry antenna sticks out below the sonde. Barometer, GPS and other components are protected inside the enclosure, as they are today.