Meteorologist with 'Meduse' weather balloon

Meteorologist with 'Meduse' weather balloon

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This image is part of the feature The People Of Ariane 5

Credit: DAVID PARKER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Meteorologist with a weather balloon. This design of balloon is called a 'Meduse', the French word for 'jellyfish'. Meduse was designed for maximum aerodynamic stability combined with an excellent payload weight. The balloon carries instruments for measuring temperature and humidity (data which are transmitted to the ground). It also carries a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite receiver for accurate measurements of its position; this is used to calculate local wind velocity. This balloon was photographed at the European Space Agency's Ariane launch site in French Guiana.

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Keywords: atmosphere, balloon, climate, kourou, meduse, meteorology, weather, weather balloon

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