To get a better understanding of severe weather, tropical cyclones, winter weather,and boundary layer interactions, sampling high temporal measurements of the atmospheric thermodynamic state and wind profiles is needed. MIPS is packed with 4 main instruments and a 10-m surface tower that is designed to gather these high temporal measurements.
The MIPS system is a unique system that consists of a Cheverlet ambulance and a flatbed trailer that has instruments mounted to it. Both the trailer and truck are outfitted with hydraulic leveling jacks to ensure the instruments are level. Inside, MIPS is equipt with 5 computers (3 Linux machines, 1 Windows, and 1 mac), 9 computer screens, and can seat up to 3-4 people comfortably. Orignally designed in the late 1990s, the MIPS system has undergone many transformations to become what it is now.
MIPS is typically operated by 2-3 personnel and is accompanied by a weather balloon sounding system. If clutter panels aren't mounted to the 915, MIPS can be operational in 20 minutes. For the majority of the time, MIPS is operational 24/7 in the UAH SWIRLL Berm site with live data published to the real-time data website.
Explore each link below to see each instrument that is on MIPS, how it works, and what data it gathers: