Accession No

2695


Brief Description

Skua meteorological rocket sonde, by Meteorological Office, 1968


Origin


Maker

Meteorological Office


Class

meteorology; thermometry


Earliest Date

Jan. 1, 1968


Latest Date

Dec. 31, 1968


Inscription Date


Material

metal (tungsten, aluminium, other); plastic (perspex, other, polyurethane); organic (resin); rubber


Dimensions

box length 290mm; breadth 163mm; height 152mm


Special Collection


Provenance

Donated by Meteorological Office, England, 12/1980. Fired by Met Office as part of programme of firings between 12-1963 and 12-1968 mainly in the Outer Hebrides.


Inscription

‘HA412/68’ (on base)
‘HA410/68’ (on sensing element)
‘HA29’ (on spare sensing element)


Description Notes

Temperature Measuring Sonde - sensing element a flat double open spiral of spiralised tungsten wire, supported by plaited plastic monofilament spokes in an aluminized resin-bonded ring. (Spare sensing element in perspex case). Main circuit and transmitting components housed in silicone rubber coating and rigid polyurethane foam, all on metal chassis.

Cardboard box : standard plain buff coloured card with wire staples, marked with two deleted numbers 535 in red pen and 455 in blue pen, with roughly cut foam inside secured with double sided tape. The foam is deteriorating. (see special concerns)( box disposed of 27/05/2003 on advice of G. Monger,conservator)

Condition: fair.


References

Allison Ksiazkiewicz; 'Mapping Weather and Modern Meteorology'; Explore Whipple Collections online article; Whipple Museum of the History of Science; University of Cambridge: https://www.whipplemuseum.cam.ac.uk/explore-whipple-collections/meteorology/mapping-weather-and-modern-meteorology


Events


FM:43675

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