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AF special ops picks QinetiQ atmospherics kit

Oct. 4, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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The Air Force Special Operations Command’s 720th Special Tactics group has picked the Tactical Atmospheric Sounding Kit (TASK) from QinetiQ North America.

TASK is a lightweight, atmospheric data collection system that enables users to collect and report weather in real-time. Weighing less than 5 pounds and deployable in five minutes, it consists of a ground-launched sensor that continuously measures and broadcasts wind speed, wind direction, pressure, temperature and humidity while ascending to altitudes of 45,000 feet on a small weather balloon.

“In many special operations missions, you only get one chance for success, and atmospheric conditions can make a big difference in go/no go decisions,” said Andrew Rogers, executive vice president for Technology Solutions at QinetiQ North America, in a company press release. “TASK enables warfighters to collect accurate data quickly and discreetly, anywhere in the world.”

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