4-8 July 2016
Kramer Law building
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
The Proceedings of SAIP2016 published on 24 December 2017
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Calculation of air density through measurements of falling spheres

Presented by Mr. Andrew MCCAUGHNA on 6 Jul 2016 from 16:10 to 18:00
Type: Poster Presentation
Track: Track D2 - Space Science
Board #: D2.220

Abstract

We present experimental results from ball drop experiments to infer air density. Using a quadcopter drone to raise the ball to over 1000 ft, measurements of the velocity of the ball are made to infer the mass density. Using the measured terminal velocity enables an accurate measurement of the air density using falling spheres with known cross section and aerodynamic drag coefficient. Comparison with air density measurements using the measured meteorological parameters (temperature, pressure and humidity) will validate the results.

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Mark Moldwin University of Michigan

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Location: Kramer Law building
Address: UCT Middle Campus Cape Town
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