PTW-9500 PORTABLE TETHEREDSONDE WINCH
The Model PTW-9500 Portable Tetheredsonde Winch is designed to support tethered balloon-borne meteorological sensors. Full remote control of the powerful variable speed motor provides precise control over the altitude and tension of a tethered balloon radiosonde (tetheredsonde).
Principle of Operation
The PTW-9500 is a portable remote controlled electronic cable winch specifically optimized for the precise control of vertically-lifted balloon payloads such as tetheredsondes. As the system operates, motor speed is controlled by the user and a handheld RF-linked remote control to govern safe cable payout rates under various wind conditions.
Tetheredsondes replace the need for temporary meteorological towers and provide instant vertical wind profiles. Depending on wind conditions and loads, tethered sensors such as the YES Refrensonde can be raised & lowered throughout the boundary layer up to altitudes approaching 6500 feet (» 2000 meters).
The system consists of a sturdy reel mounted in an aluminum chassis, coupled to an internal variable speed DC gear motor drive. Line payout is controlled by an anti-tangle mechanism similar to those used on large fishing reels. A durable waterproof high impact plastic case protects the system and permits rapid setup. Reel speed and direction are governed by a battery-powered handheld wireless remote control unit.
Portable system, simple to use and setup
Smooth precision DC drive motor with digital motion control
Operates from either line AC or external 12 Vdc (via automotive cigarette lighter adapter)
One or two winches can be remote-controlled from up to several thousand feet away
Extended chain polyethylene tether cable material provides long life service
Digital counter provides indication of payout
Rugged, simple design stands up to field use
Homeland defense and emergency response teams that require "go anywhere" local wind speed and direction for nuclear biological or chemical (NBC) dispersion monitoring
Military weather teams
Boundary layer measurements for air pollution and plume studies for EPA compliance and site certifications
Vertically profiling radar and acoustic sodar comparisons
Note: Specifications subject to change without notice.
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