Development of an autonomous unmanned aerial system for atmospheric data collection and research

Andrew Lee, David Hanlon, Ricardo Sakai, Vernon Morris, Belay Demoz, S. Andrew Gadsden

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Abstract

This paper addresses the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to carry out atmospheric data collection and studies. An important area of research is the study of the chemistry and physics of Earth's planetary boundary layer (PBL). The PBL, also known as the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL), is the lowest part of the atmosphere and its behavior is directly influenced by its contact with the planetary surface. Sampling of the PBL is performed in a timely and periodic manner. Currently, sensors and uncontrollable balloons are used to obtain relevant data and information. This method is cumbersome and can be ineffective in obtaining consistent environmental data. This paper proposes the use of autonomous UAS' to study the atmosphere in an effort to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the sampling process. The UAS setup and design is provided, and preliminary data collection information is shared.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Environmental, Chemical, and Biological Sensing Technologies XIII
EditorsTuan Vo-Dinh, Robert A. Lieberman, Gunter G. Gauglitz
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601031
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventAdvanced Environmental, Chemical, and Biological Sensing Technologies XIII - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Apr 17 2016Apr 19 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume9862
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceAdvanced Environmental, Chemical, and Biological Sensing Technologies XIII
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore
Period4/17/164/19/16

Keywords

  • atmospheric studies
  • data collection
  • Unmanned aerial systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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