ATM Seminar: Research Requirements for America’s Space Program in Florida

Weather research requirements for America's Space Program in Florida

When: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 12:30-1:15pm in ASAC 319
Speaker: Bill Roeder, meteorologist with the 45th Weather Squadron
Description: Space launch is surprisingly sensitive to weather.  Weather is
the leading source of scrubs and delays to space launches from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station and NASA Kennedy Space Center.  Weather is even
more important to the preparatory ground processing done in weeks and months
before space launches.  Not only are space launches very sensitive to the
weather, but the weather itself has very subtle driving forces in Florida
leading to very unsubtle weather.  After all, Florida is famous as the
‘Thunderstorm Capital’ of the U.S. with most of the thunderstorms centered
in central Florida aka ‘Lightning Alley’.  The Air Force’s 45th Weather
Squadron provides comprehensive weather support to Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station and NASA Kennedy Space Center where a quarter of the world’s space
launches occur.  The 45th Weather Squadron uses a very dense network of
weather sensors to help deal with these weather support issues.  America’s
space program is undergoing a revolution as more and more businesses are
planning to access space.  Indeed, the launch schedule is projected to
nearly double in just a few years.  The 45th Weather Squadron is pursuing
research to provide ever improving excellence of service to our present
customers and to allow the increased rate of space launch.  This situation
is an outstanding confluence for operational research:  scientifically
intriguing questions, of significant operational importance, with
considerable weather data available, and liaison to facilitate the research.