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

Undergraduate

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Daytona Beach

Poster Session; 10-minute Oral Presentation

Authors' Class Standing

Andrew Caputo, Senior Anthony Oreo, Senior Victor Alterizio, Senior Kevin A Adkins, Faculty Mentor

Lead Presenter's Name

Anthony Oreo

Faculty Mentor Name

Kevin Adkins

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Abstract

It is estimated that more than 55% of the world’s population is currently living in urban areas and this number is expected to grow to 70% by 2050. The environment that houses this population is the urban boundary layer (UBL). The UBL is the portion of the atmospheric boundary layer whose characteristics are modified by the presence of a city and is regarded as one of the most complex and least understood environments. In order to investigate this region, an electric hybrid (transition) unmanned aerial system (UAS) was meteorologically instrumented. A hybrid UAS allows the meteorological sensor suite to be protected during vertical launch and recovery, allows for more deployment options in an urban environment, and capitalizes on the efficiency of forward flight. This work, under mentoring by Dr. Kevin Adkins, details the design, assembly and integration of the sensor suite that consists of a multi-hole pressure probe along with a temperature and humidity sensor. Each sensor’s data is time and geo-stamped and subsequently post-processed. The instrumented platform is planned to be fielded during the summer of 2020 and beyond.

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

No

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Development of a Meteorologically Instrumented Small Transition Unmanned Aerial System For Urban Boundary Layer Investigations

It is estimated that more than 55% of the world’s population is currently living in urban areas and this number is expected to grow to 70% by 2050. The environment that houses this population is the urban boundary layer (UBL). The UBL is the portion of the atmospheric boundary layer whose characteristics are modified by the presence of a city and is regarded as one of the most complex and least understood environments. In order to investigate this region, an electric hybrid (transition) unmanned aerial system (UAS) was meteorologically instrumented. A hybrid UAS allows the meteorological sensor suite to be protected during vertical launch and recovery, allows for more deployment options in an urban environment, and capitalizes on the efficiency of forward flight. This work, under mentoring by Dr. Kevin Adkins, details the design, assembly and integration of the sensor suite that consists of a multi-hole pressure probe along with a temperature and humidity sensor. Each sensor’s data is time and geo-stamped and subsequently post-processed. The instrumented platform is planned to be fielded during the summer of 2020 and beyond.

 

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