Compact 3D Ultrasonic Anemometers & Weather Sensors for Drones, UAVs & GCS

SWaP-Optimized 3D Sonic Anemometers for UAV-based Atmospheric Research

Anemoment is displaying its TriSonica Mini Wind & Weather Sensor and TriSonica Sphere Wind Flux Sensor at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2022 By Phoebe Grinter / 25 Apr 2022
Anemoment at XPO22

Anemoment is showcasing its TriSonica Mini Wind & Weather Sensor and the TriSonica Sphere Wind Flux Sensor at this year’s AUVSI XPONENTIAL, April 25-28 in Orlando, Florida (XPO Hall Booth 1707).

The company’s TriSonica Mini Wind & Weather Sensor, recognized as the world’s smallest and lightest 3D sonic anemometer, began shipping in 2022 and is becoming Anemoment’s most in-demand sensor.

Engineered to deliver more precise vertical wind measurements, coupled with faster sampling rates (up to 100 Hz), the TriSonica Sphere is designed for UAV-based atmospheric flux and turbulence research, including eddy covariance studies.

“The TriSonica Sphere’s unique patented spherical implementation (U.S. Patent #11,268,974) dramatically reduces the effects of wind shadowing and increases the accuracy of vertical wind measurements,” emphasizes Stephen Osborn, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Anemoment, LLC. “Our customers have been asking for a 3D sonic anemometer that can accurately measure atmospheric turbulence and flux measurements. The TriSonica Sphere not only delivers on those requirements but does so with a size and weight optimized for Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) deployments.” 

“The TriSonica Sphere is a great sensor,” says Andrin Landolt, sensor expert and partner at streamwise gmbh. “The airflow is obviously much less obstructed by the design resulting in an increased acceptance angle which is important for our application. And since all probe-specific settings are stored onboard and both connectors and interfaces are identical for both the Sphere and the Mini makes our life so much easier.”

Developed in conjunction with BlueHalo, a leading provider of advanced engineering solutions and technology to the national security community, the TriSonica Sphere was specifically engineered for deployment atop BlueHalo’s Atmospheric Characterization Payload (WP-V3 ACP) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) sensor suite. The WP-V3 ACP is a complete, customizable meteorological sensor suite for making low Earth atmospheric measurements from a wide array of UAS platforms.

“Anemoment’s sensors have been our preferred sonic anemometer since we first discovered their TriSonica Mini Wind & Weather Sensor,” states Alex Clark, Director of Unmanned Systems and Payloads, BlueHalo. “The TriSonica Sphere retains the size and weight attributes we value for small UAS implementations, while providing us true 3D measurements of refractive index structure—key to measuring wind turbulence.”

Anemoment at XPONENTIAL
TriSonica Sphere Integrated with BlueHalo’s Atmospheric Characterization Payload (left); attached to a DJI Matrice 600 (right).
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