telemetry

noun
te·lem·e·try | \tə-ˈle-mə-trē \

Definition of telemetry 

1 : the science or process of telemetering data

2 : data transmitted by telemetry

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Other Words from telemetry

telemetric \ˌte-lə-ˈme-trik \ adjective
telemetrically \ˌte-lə-ˈme-tri-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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Telemetry is used to obtain data on the internal functioning of missiles, rockets, unmanned planes, satellites, and probes, providing data on such factors as position, altitude, and speed as well as conditions like temperature, air pressure, wind speed, and radiation. Weather forecasters rely on telemetry to map weather patterns. Astronauts on the space shuttle are monitored with telemetry that measures and transmits readings on their blood pressure, respiration, and heart rates. Similar kinds of telemetry are used by biologists to study animals in the wild and keep track of their populations and movements. Telemetry is also widely used in modern agriculture, often to regulate irrigation.

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Both numbers far exceed usage estimates by third parties; for instance, the research firm Strategy Analytics’ opt-in telemetry measured an average of 5.3 GB of data in February among unlimited-data customers. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, "Sprint and Verizon’s latest deals offer still more definitions of “Unlimited”," 17 June 2018 The operator relies partly on direct visuals, with help from an array of cameras on the arm and detailed live telemetry on screens. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "How to Watch SpaceX’s Dragon Ship Deliver Coffee, Experiments, and a Smiling Robot to the International Space Station," 2 July 2018 Radio telemetry has been used successfully to track large wildlife for decades. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Tiny Trackers Could Help Humans Avoid Kissing Bugs’ Deadly Smooch," 9 July 2018 Tests have shown that rocket telemetry data can flow into current air-traffic control systems and give controllers real-time awareness on the vehicle’s movement. Fortune, "Commercial Rockets Are Making Life Complicated for Airlines," 27 June 2018 Tests have shown that rocket telemetry data can flow into current air-traffic control systems and give controllers real-time awareness on the vehicle’s movement. Justin Bachman, latimes.com, "Commercial space launches are making life complicated for airlines," 27 June 2018 Tests have shown that rocket telemetry data can flow into current air-traffic control systems and give controllers real-time awareness on the vehicle’s movement. Justin Bachman, Bloomberg.com, "The Billionaire Space Race Is Making Life Difficult for Airlines," 27 June 2018 Tests have shown that rocket telemetry data can flow into current air-traffic control systems and give controllers real-time awareness on the vehicle's movement. Justin Bachman, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SpaceX, other private launches mess with airline schedules," 2 July 2018 Tests have shown that rocket telemetry data can flow into current air-traffic control systems and give controllers real-time awareness on the vehicle's movement. Justin Bachman, chicagotribune.com, "Commercial rockets are making life complicated for airlines," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of telemetry

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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telemetry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of telemetry

: the process of using special equipment to take measurements of something (such as pressure, speed, or temperature) and send them by radio to another place

telemetry

noun
te·lem·e·try | \tə-ˈlem-ə-trē \
plural telemetries

Medical Definition of telemetry 

1 : the science or process of telemetering data

2 : data transmitted by telemetry

Other Words from telemetry

telemetric \ˌtel-ə-ˈme-trik \ adjective
telemetrically \-tri-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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