Tactical Atmospheric Sounding Kit
Atmospheric Data Collection System
The QinetiQ North America Tactical Atmospheric Sounding Kit (TASK) system continuously measures wind speed, wind direction, pressure, temperature and humidity while ascending through the air column on a six cubic foot weather balloon (about 32 inch diameter). This enables forward deployed personnel to observe and report real-time weather data and winds aloft information for weather forecasting or tactical weather dependent missions such as artillery support, aerial delivery, or embarked air cavalry operations.
TASK consists of a lightweight TASK UHF Radiosonde, a small composite tank of pressurized helium, an inflatable 30 gram weather balloon, and a wearable TASK UHF Transceiver. For aerial resupply by heavy lift aircraft, the TASK data are 100 percent Precision Airdrop System (PADS)/Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS) compatible.