The WISE-MP device can measure environmental factors to predict corrosive conditions before they start damaging aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Hartshorne)

Called the Weather Instrumentation and Specialized Environmental Monitoring Platform (WISE-MP), a device being developed by the Air Force can measure conditions that can be detrimental to aircraft such as pollutants, salt, and moisture. Anticipating corrosive conditions before they can have a detrimental effect can lead to significant cost savings and less aircraft downtime.

The prototype device consists of a gas monitor, weather sensor, chloride monitor, and control box, and is portable, durable, and waterproof, with easy access to components. The WISE-MP control unit stores and transmits data for remote monitoring, and data can be accessed on-site.