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String of Pearls

The simulation on this page shows one potential balloon network performing a Hurricane Intercept Mission. The network of 20 balloons is arranged in a "String of Pearls" around the equator. When hurricane Alberto forms (August 2000), the network resources are mobilized to intercept and observe the hurricane. The network of balloons looks ahead to anticipate the hurricane ground track. The simulation shows has 1 frame every 4 hours, and tails on the balloon trajectories are 12 hours long.

This simulation uses real weather from the time of the hurricane to calculate the trajectories of the balloons. A realistic model of a StratoSail Ballon Guidance System (BGS) is used to adjust the trajectories of the stratospheric platforms.

This simulation demonstrates the potential importance of a Ballon Guidance System for monitoring hurricane activity.




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