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Assessing Upper-Level Winds on Day-of-Launch
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Author and Affiliation:
Bauman, William H., III(ENSCO, Inc., Cocoa Beach, FL, United States);
Wheeler, Mark M.(ENSCO, Inc., Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Abstract: On the day-or-launch. the 45th Weather Squadron Launch Weather Officers (LWOS) monitor the upper-level winds for their launch customers to include NASA's Launch Services Program (LSP). During launch operations, the payload launch team sometimes asks the LWO if they expect the upper level winds to change during the countdown but the LWOs did not have the capability to quickly retrieve or display the upper-level observations and compare them to the numerical weather prediction model point forecasts. The LWOs requested the Applied Meteorology Unit (AMU) develop a capability in the form of a graphical user interface (GUI) that would allow them to plot upper-level wind speed and direction observations from the Kennedy Space Center Doppler Radar Wind Profilers and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station rawinsondes and then overlay model point forecast profiles on the observation profiles to assess the performance of these models and graphically display them to the launch team. The AMU developed an Excel-based capability for the LWOs to assess the model forecast upper-level winds and compare them to observations. They did so by creating a GUI in Excel that allows the LWOs to first initialize the models by comparing the O-hour model forecasts to the observations and then to display model forecasts in 3-hour intervals from the current time through 12 hours.
Publication Date: Sep 01, 2012
Document ID:
20130000755
(Acquired Jan 11, 2013)
Subject Category: METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY
Report/Patent Number: NASA/CR-2012-216313
Document Type: Technical Report
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NNK12MA53C
Financial Sponsor: NASA Kennedy Space Center; Cocoa Beach, FL, United States
Organization Source: ENSCO, Inc.; Cocoa Beach, FL, United States
Description: 23p; In English; Original contains color illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution under U.S. Government purpose rights; under NASA contract NNK12MA53C
NASA Terms: SPACECRAFT LAUNCHING; WIND PROFILES; WEATHER FORECASTING; MATHEMATICAL MODELS; GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE; DOPPLER RADAR; DATA ACQUISITION; HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERFACE; COMPUTER PROGRAMS; DISPLAY DEVICES
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