UROC member Doug Hillson will present the results of research and analysis related to wind speed at different altitudes and how to use this information to predict rocket landing location. Doug wrote two articles on this topic for Sport Rocketry Magazine. Doug will discuss taking the best estimates of wind speed and direction at different altitudes, based on ground measurements, to predict the landing location of a rocket.
Doug will discuss theory of the planetary boundary layer and on using the currently available information to make a best estimate of landing locations during a rocket flight by utilizing publicly available wind data. Data collected by the Army Research Laboratory at the TARC finals in Virginia in 2007 and 2008 was analyzed and will be presented. Doug also spent the last two years at Endurance Wind Power in Spanish Fork, Utah among other things collecting and analyzing wind data, so he’ll speak to the state of the art in measuring wind speed.
Doug recently moved out here from the east coast and was originally a NOVAAR member, he has been flying rockets since 1992. Occasionally when he flies rockets there’s slight proof that he actually has an engineering degree.
The meetings are usually held in the north building of the Salt Lake County Complex (located at 2001 South State Street in Salt Lake City).The meetings are held in room N1100 which is the big assembly room to the left as you walk in.
Please sign in at the security desk first and please note that there are no food or drink allowed.