Catalyzing collaboration for multi-disciplinary UAS development with a flight campaign focused on meteorology and atmospheric physics

Suzanne Weaver Smith, Phillip B. Chilson, Adam Houston, Jamey D. Jacob

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Abstract

CLOUD-MAP is a 4-year, multi-university collaboration to develop integrated small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) capabilities for enhanced meteorology and atmospheric physics measurements. The team includes atmospheric scientists, meteorologists, engineers, computer scientists, geographers, and chemists necessary to develop and evaluate advanced sensing and imaging, robust autonomous navigation, enhanced data communication, and data management capabilities required to use SUAS for atmospheric science. Eventual widespread use also require advancing public policy related to adoption of SUAS technology and integration of unmanned aircraft into the airspace. Annual testing and evaluation of the systems as part of a coordinated field campaign is an essential aspect of the collaborative development program. The first of four annual flight campaigns was held on June 27 – July 1, 2016, with nearly 75 researchers and students conducting flights over three days at different sites. CLOUD-MAP builds on the team members’ and combined partners’ existing expertise and capabilities to envision and develop new integrated knowledge and technologies. A long-term primary impact expected from CLOUD-MAP will be the multidisciplinary scientific and educational collaboration of the faculty who are involved. This paper describes and summarizes the results of the first annual flight campaign, along with its impact on the large research team’s emerging collaborations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Information Systems-AIAA Infotech at Aerospace, 2017
StatePublished - 2017
EventAIAA Information Systems-Infotech At Aerospace Conference, 2017 - Grapevine, United States
Duration: Jan 9 2017Jan 13 2017

Publication series

NameAIAA Information Systems-AIAA Infotech at Aerospace, 2017

Conference

ConferenceAIAA Information Systems-Infotech At Aerospace Conference, 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityGrapevine
Period1/9/171/13/17

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1539070, Collaboration Leading Operational UAS Development for Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics (CLOUD-MAP), to Oklahoma State University in partnership with the Universities of Oklahoma, Nebraska-Lincoln and Kentucky.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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