Other government and academic researchers will be able to use the system for the same purposes as were described above for NASA. Additional applications for the basic meteorological and turbulence measurement capabilities will include aircraft flight test operations and weather measurements around forest fires.
The new tethersonde will facilitate a wide variety of in-situ earth science measurements, particularly those related to science areas within the Atmospheric Composition focus area. It may be used for the measurement of trace gas fluxes in remote areas. It may also be used to conduct basic meteorological and turbulence research. Its inherent mobility, as it will be deployable by tethered blimps and kites, means that it can be taken to remote areas and set up with minimal effort. The tethersonde system may also be of use to other NASA programs. For example, it can provide local wind profile measurements in support of various flight operations.