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1. (WO2015118225) AUTOMATED BALLOON LAUNCHING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LAUNCHING

Pub. No.:    WO/2015/118225    International Application No.:    PCT/FI2015/050073
Publication Date: Fri Aug 14 01:59:59 CEST 2015 International Filing Date: Sat Feb 07 00:59:59 CET 2015
IPC: G01W 1/08
Applicants: VAISALA OYJ
Inventors: LEINONEN, Ismo
SAARI, Tuomo
Title: AUTOMATED BALLOON LAUNCHING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LAUNCHING
Abstract:
The present invention concerns an automated balloon launching system (1 ) for launching at least one balloon (2) such as a meteorological balloon or a radiosonde. The system is comprising a container (3) and a storage (4) arranged in the container (3) for storing at least one box (5) at a defined storage position p = 1, 2, n. The at least one box (5) is including a balloon (2) and a sonde. A release silo (7) is arranged on top of the container (3) for sheltering the balloon (2) during inflation. An x-, y- and z- manipulator (8) is arranged in the container (3) for removing a specific box (5) from one of the defined storage positions p = 1, 2, n, and for subsequent feeding the release silo (7) with the specific box (5). The present invention also concerns a method for launching at least one balloon (2) such as a meteorological balloon or a radiosonde.