telemetry

noun

te·​lem·​e·​try tə-ˈle-mə-trē How to pronounce telemetry (audio)
1
: the science or process of telemetering data
2
: data transmitted by telemetry
3
telemetric adjective
telemetrically 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.

Examples of telemetry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Synchron’s device is connected to a telemetry unit that is hooked up to a computer. Jen Christensen, CNN, 30 Jan. 2024 In an earnings call to discuss the company’s third-quarter financial results, Rocket Lab Chief Executive Peter Beck said the failure happened quickly, with only 1.6 seconds of data from the first indication of a problem with the vehicle to the loss of telemetry. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 23 Nov. 2023 Lamborghini announced new telemetry features that allow supercar owners to better keep track of their very fast vehicles — and themselves. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 9 Jan. 2024 Less than 30 seconds before the point at which the six Starship engines were supposed to cut off, SpaceX lost telemetry from the rocket. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 18 Nov. 2023 The company’s staffing of telemetry units is an example, some of those people say. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 21 Dec. 2023 Although the probe can receive and carry out engineers’ commands, the FDS is currently unable to use its telemetry modulation unit (TMU) subsystem. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 14 Dec. 2023 Adopting platform engineering telemetry data is only useful when your engineers have the right tools, infrastructure and processes in place to analyze and interpret your data—which is where platform engineering comes into play. Tom Wilkie, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 While in the air, the aircraft sent, on average, three telemetry messages per second. Kamesh Namuduri, IEEE Spectrum, 8 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of telemetry was in 1865

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“Telemetry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/telemetry. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

telemetry

noun
te·​lem·​e·​try tə-ˈlem-ə-trē How to pronounce telemetry (audio)
1
: the process of transmitting data by telemeter
2
: data transmitted by telemetry

Medical Definition

telemetry

noun
te·​lem·​e·​try tə-ˈlem-ə-trē How to pronounce telemetry (audio)
plural telemetries
1
: the science or process of telemetering data
2
: data transmitted by telemetry
3
telemetric adjective
telemetrically adverb

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