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Payload 11 Information

Payload Flight Number:

2015 - 11

UNC Chapel Hill
Payload Title:

Quantifying Stratospheric Infrasound with a Free Flying Acoustic Network

Student Leader:
  • Daniel Bowman
  • Geological Sciences
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • 104 South Road, Mitchell Hall
  • Campus Box #3315
  • Chapel Hill,North Carolina 27599
  • Email:daniel.bowman@unc.edu
  • Cell:575-418-8555
  • Fax:919-966-4519
Faculty Advisor:
  • Dr. Jonathan M. Lees
  • Geological Sciences
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • 104 South Road, Mitchell Hall
  • Campus Box #3315
  • Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
  • Email:jonathan.lees@unc.edu
  • Office:919-962-1562
  • Fax:919-966-4519
Payload class:
Payload ID Number:
11.1 kg
1382 mA
Serial Commands:
Discrete Commands:
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due: 06/26/2015
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled: 08/07/2015
Flight Operation Plan
Due: 08/03/2015
Final Flight / Science Report
Due: 12/11/2015
The flight of the UNC payload on HASP 2014 demonstrated the successful operation of a free flying acoustic sensor array in the stratosphere. A wide variety of pressure fluctuations spanning five orders of magnitude in frequency were recorded. However, the provenance of these signals was difficult to ascertain, raising the possibility that some of them may have been due to vibrations on the HASP gondola or other non-acoustic sources. The joint UNC/NC State experiment proposed here will address this issue by using a suite of temperature, vibration, and wind sensors in addition to an expanded acoustic array. We will improve the design of our acoustic sensors to keep them in linear amplitude range throughout the duration of the ascent and float portions of the flight. In addition, we will develop instrumentation and measurement techniques for future independent (non-HASP) airborne acoustic arrays by lowering an independent data logger/microphone package beneath the gondola. We expect the array to verify detection of ocean wave infrasound observed in HASP 2014, determine whether episodes of broadband pressure fluctuations are due to wind noise or clear air turbulence in the troposphere, and evaluate the source of numerous narrowband signals observed during float.
Payload Integration Plan:

Science Report: