Project Milestones and
The overall goal of this project is to take all steps necessary to provide
timely acquisition and continued availability of the radiosonde observing
system. To ensure the operation of this NWS observing program is not
interrupted, an initial contract award for the generic ground-based telemetry
system was completed in August 1999. Additional contracts related to the main
acquisition of GPS radiosondes, computers, and surface observing instruments
will be awarded in FY 2000 and 2001. Specific timing of these acquisitions are
dependent upon available funding.
The program goal is to replace the current IBM PC/XT
computer as soon as possible. New processing software will be field tested
beginning in March, 2001, with full field implementation (on the new computers
connected to the existing ground telemetry equipment) beginning in the third
quarter of FY 2001. The old telemetry equipment and radiosonde signal processor
modules will be replaced during the period FY 2002 through FY 2005. The system
will become fully operational throughout the entire network by February, 2005.