Sustainable Weather Balloon Wins Student a $10,000 Scholarship
IEEE Spectrum announced the winners of the IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship. Top honors went to Amon Schumann for his project on a better weather balloon. Traditionally weather balloons have a short life and the equipment often goes missing. Schumann was able to create a better radiosonde.
“In comparison to launching 2,000 to 5,000 balloons that stay up for just two to three hours, my balloon can stay up in the air for 52 days, so fewer balloons have to be launched,” he says.
His radiosonde provides several times more measurement data per day compared with traditional ones launched every two weeks. The radiosondes are equipped with a solar-powered battery, which is about 20 grams lighter than a lithium battery.
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