Abstract Title

Radiosonde Recovery Guiding Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Faculty Mentor Name

Johnny Young

Format Preference

Demonstration

Abstract

Radiosondes are weather instruments sent into the atmosphere every day that provide vital weather information for aeronautical and non-aeronautical purposes around the world. However, little is being done to recover these plastic and Styrofoam units of reusable electronics and have always been considered not cost-effective to do so. However, with today’s miniaturization of autopilot technologies, replacing the unguided parachute with a self-guiding GPS drone makes financial, practical, and environmental sense. We expect to demonstrate the feasibility of returning a radiosonde from altitude cheaply and effectively using simple programming and low-cost off-the-shelf electronics.

Demonstration

IGNITE Grant Award

Location

AC1-Atrium, Eagle Gym

Start Date

3-23-2018 11:00 AM

End Date

3-23-2018 9:00 PM

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Radiosonde Recovery Guiding Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

AC1-Atrium, Eagle Gym

Radiosondes are weather instruments sent into the atmosphere every day that provide vital weather information for aeronautical and non-aeronautical purposes around the world. However, little is being done to recover these plastic and Styrofoam units of reusable electronics and have always been considered not cost-effective to do so. However, with today’s miniaturization of autopilot technologies, replacing the unguided parachute with a self-guiding GPS drone makes financial, practical, and environmental sense. We expect to demonstrate the feasibility of returning a radiosonde from altitude cheaply and effectively using simple programming and low-cost off-the-shelf electronics.

Demonstration

IGNITE Grant Award