Modeling of the Meteorological Balloon-Cube with LoRa-Based Ground Station

Author(s): Rastinasab V.*, Weidong H.

Affiliation(s): Beijing Institute of Technology, Haidian District, 100811, Beijing, China

*Corresponding Author’s Address: [email protected]

Issue: Volume 7, Issue 2 (2020)

Paper received: September 3, 2020
The final version of the paper received: December 12, 2020
Paper accepted online: December 16, 2020

Rastinasab V., Weidong H. (2020). Modeling of the meteorological balloon-cube with LoRa-based ground station. Journal of Engineering Sciences, Vol. 7(2), pp. E14–E18, doi: 10.21272/jes.2020.7(2).e3

DOI: 10.21272/jes.2020.7(2).e3

Research Area:  MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: Computational Mechanics

Abstract. Every day 80,000 weather balloons are launched to the Earth’s upper atmosphere with meteorology payloads to provide accurate meteorological data. Meteorological data could be used for airport stations and weather stations. Meanwhile, there are many remote sensing satellites above the Earth’s atmosphere, but balloons are still essential due to increased weather prediction accuracy. Many balloons launch into the atmosphere daily, but it would be a one trip tripe because this balloon goes to the atmosphere then transmits the meteorological data to the ground segment, and that is all no one looks to recycle it, on the other hand, if the balloon could be recycled there would be many financial benefits. This project presents a high altitude meteorological balloon-Cube relative to measuring atmosphere humidity, temperature, air pressure, and a photography payload for surface imaging that ascended up to 20Km altitude Cube reach this altitude will eject box on the ground. The telemetry data are transmitted to the ground station through two communication applications, first using a LoRa based transceiver at which it receives a command from the LoRa ground station and the second one, and payload transmits the data by an SMS in 5min after it lands on the ground. Therefore, it could be recycled. This paper presents a Cube-Balloon fabrication and flight test information to acknowledge this Cube’s feasibility for real meteorological projects.

Keywords: weather balloon, space education, CubeSat, communication, recyclable balloon.


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