28 June 2021 to 2 July 2021
Europe/Vienna timezone

Extending the infrasonic array from the stratosphere with multi-member ensemble, long duration, high altitude balloon constellation

1 Jul 2021, 09:00


e-Poster T3.3 - Remote Sensing, Imagery and Data Acquisition Platforms T3.3 e-poster session


Mr Nick Craine (Stratodynamics Inc., ON, Canada)


Stratodynamics proposes to deploy its NASA designed infrasound sensor aboard a constellation of long duration, high altitude balloons in collaboration with Project Loon.

By leveraging Project Loon’s distributed data centre computation and blended Analogue Ensemble (AnEn) machine learning techniques, a balloon deployed infrasound sensor could enable revolutionary observations from around the world in real time.

The constellation could extend coverage of nuclear blast detection across the ocean and benefit from atmospheric attenuation/amplification effects of a stratospheric flight envelope.

Furthermore, sensor calibration could occur from a centralized recovery location with the infrasound instrument suite returned to the ground station on an automated trajectory. This would optimize resources for in-field calibration.

A secondary goal of the collaboration leverages these integrated technologies for early detection of Tsunami and earthquake events.

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Mr Nick Craine (Stratodynamics Inc., ON, Canada)

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