Handheld Theodolite Concept

Report No. ARL-TN-0430
Authors: Alan E. Wetmore
Date/Pages: April 2011; 14 pages
Abstract: Currently, artillery meteorology uses observations of a pilot balloon taken using a theodolite as a backup to a full rawindonde system. The theodolite is an expensive and cumbersome single-use system that is a candidate for replacement. This technical note examines the feasibility of using a "smartphone" as a replacement for a traditional theodolite. The smartphone can serve as both the observation/recording system and the system for deriving a sounding from the observations.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: April 1, 2011