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[rok-it-sond] /ˈrɒk ɪtˌsɒnd/
noun, Meteorology.
a telemeter for gathering data on the atmosphere at very high altitudes, carried aloft by rocket and returned to earth by parachute.
Origin of rocketsonde
First recorded in 1945-50; rocket1 + sonde Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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rocketsonde in Science
An instrument transported to the upper atmosphere by rocket, used to study meteorological conditions. A rocketsonde is capable of measuring and transmitting information to altitudes of about 76,000 m (249,280 ft).
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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