Inspired by the journey of French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, Netatmo decided to launch its Weather Station into space.
Buckle up and get ready for an imminent departure to the stars!
A vast field of research
By means of a stratospheric balloon the Netatmo Weather Station was sent more than 20 miles away from Earth. After a flight of 70 miles and a maximum speed of 97 miles per hour, the smart Weather Station took a closer look at Earth from space.
Filmed by an onboard camera, the video shows a live footage of the Weather Station’s ascent into space. After getting to the troposphere, the Weather Station was able to rise well above the aeroplanes to reach the stratosphere. This journey allowed Netatmo to collect different meteorological data: atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity levels found in the stratosphere.
Meteorological data from space
This scientific experiment, allowed Netatmo to test the Weather Station in extreme environmental conditions. Due to a non-existent level of water vapor at the heart of the stratosphere, the humidity level remains at a low percentage of 0.1%. Depending on altitude, the atmospheric pressure of the stratosphere can reach 7.139 hPa, which is a relatively low level compared to that of Earth and its 1 013.25 hPa.
During its ascent into space, significant changes in temperature, were observed: when the Station departed Earth, the outside temperature was 19.5 ° C (67 ° F) and after 45 minutes of flight time it dropped to – 40 ° C (- 40 ° F). Once in the stratosphere, it rose to about 20 ° C (68 ° F), then during its descent it dropped back to – 52.7 ° C (- 62,86 ° F) before returning to its initial temperature.
Controlling the external environment
In 1959, the very first meteorological satellite was launched into space by the Americans. Today, a consecutive number of meteorological satellites orbit the Earth to observe weather patterns. For meteorologists, the data collected by these satellites is essential to study climate forecasts.
On Earth, thanks to the Netatmo Weathermap, the largest independent meteorological observation network in the world, France is a precursor. By collecting data from every Netatmo Personal Weather Station, the Weathermap allows to access live weather data from every corner of the globe. Netatmo Weather Stations record live physical data of their environment so you can analyze it easily: temperature, humidity level, air quality, atmospheric pressure.