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Peter Black, Lee Harrison, Mark Beaubien, Robert Bluth, Roy Woods, Andrew Penny, Robert W. Smith, and James D. Doyle

as eight RD-94 sondes can be operated simultaneously. The initial development of the XDD was known as the expendable digital radiosonde (XDR) and was tested on the NASA DC-8 during the Arctic Mechanisms of Interaction between the Surface and Atmosphere (AMISA) in 2008. A total of 36 XDRs were deployed over 6 days. Comparison with simultaneous radiosonde ascents from the Swedish Icebreaker Oden showed good results ( Gasiewski et al. 2009 ; Persson 2010 ). Modern XDD sondes are activated and

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