Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

group

Poster Session

Authors' Class Standing

Christopher Swinford, Junior Anthony Oreo, Junior

Lead Presenter's Name

Christopher Swinford

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Kevin A. Adkins

Abstract

Small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) are now being realized as an important instrument in atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) research where they fill an important gap between ground-based instruments and the altitudes that manned aircraft can safely operate at. They also provide a way to obtain high spatial resolution near-surface measurements between fixed meteorological infrastructure. While there have been several sUAS sensor suites developed for the measurement of scalar atmospheric parameters such as temperature, humidity, and pressure, only a small subset of these sensor suites are capable of measuring wind velocity. Most of these wind measurement solutions have been developed for fixed-wing unmanned aircraft. This work details the implementation of a telemetry system for a recently developed multirotor hosted meteorological instrumentation suite that measures both scalar atmospheric parameters and 3-dimensional wind components. Data is now successfully collected, transmitted and received in real time for the ground-based operations crew and scientific team.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

No

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Development of a Telemetry System for a Meteorologically Instrumented Small Unmanned Aerial System

Small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) are now being realized as an important instrument in atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) research where they fill an important gap between ground-based instruments and the altitudes that manned aircraft can safely operate at. They also provide a way to obtain high spatial resolution near-surface measurements between fixed meteorological infrastructure. While there have been several sUAS sensor suites developed for the measurement of scalar atmospheric parameters such as temperature, humidity, and pressure, only a small subset of these sensor suites are capable of measuring wind velocity. Most of these wind measurement solutions have been developed for fixed-wing unmanned aircraft. This work details the implementation of a telemetry system for a recently developed multirotor hosted meteorological instrumentation suite that measures both scalar atmospheric parameters and 3-dimensional wind components. Data is now successfully collected, transmitted and received in real time for the ground-based operations crew and scientific team.

 

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