The HiDRON

A NEW FRONTIER IN HIGH-ALTITUDE IN-SITU ATMOSPHERIC DATA COLLECTION

What is the HiDRON?

A Semi-autonomous glider utilizing NASA-developed lightweight sensing and control systems.

Introducing the HiDRON™, a semi-autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed specifically for high-altitude in-situ environmental data collection.

The HiDRON™ glider operates in the stratosphere to provide more real-time data both on assent and controlled descent building deeper datasets, at a lower cost and with 80% less environmental waste than current weather monitoring practices.

The HiDRON™ is launched by helium balloon carrying a sensor payload, similar to a radiosonde, as per current weather monitoring methods. Unlike traditional practices where 80% of radiosondes are lost after use, the HiDRON™ brings the data sensors back home to be re-deployed. The HiDRON™ reduces environmental pollution, saves the client money and, with the NASA-developed control system, has a prolonged guided descent. By using naturally occurring phenomena in the atmosphere, the HiDRON™  has the ability for sustained flight and extends the duration of the data collection window.

The $13-billion global environmental sensing and monitoring market is forecast to grow by 6% over the next 3 years. Other high-altitude sensing and monitoring applications for the HiDRON™ include:

  • Climate change research
  • Satellite Cal/Val
  • Ground based sensor calibration
  • Aerosol evaluation
  • Extreme weather observation
  • Aerial thermal imaging
  • Expanded range of weather data collection
  • Sea ice observation
  • Telecommunications

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