[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for rocketsonde


[ rŏkĭt-sŏnd′ ]

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).
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