Research Log

Wed, 12/17/2014

When we started using hobby aircraft  for adaptive atmospheric sampling in 2011, in contrast to static flight plans,  we settled on the X8 after some involved study of a variety of hobby aircraft ("foamies"). We demonstrated its use in  the first autonomous plume hopper that we know in...

Tue, 04/01/2014

Nick Roberts and Sai Ravela

Over the last year or so, we have been working up on various mods on the standard airframe including:

  1. Kevlar reinforced wings for high stress environments.
  2. Motor mount w/ damping and spar coupling for improved resilience.
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Sun, 03/30/2014

The number of UAS uses in Conservation Biology is exploding. Often far away from "civilization", silent unmanned aircraft can quietly track wildlife, map the land and provide the data for new models of population, movement or  migration. Our methodological projects involving adaptive mapping,...

Tue, 02/04/2014

Here is Yet Another POPO trip (YAPOPO!):

 

 

Getting out and about

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Mon, 02/03/2014

There is much demand for the use of sUAS to monitor, conserve and protect wildlife. Our work combines the animal biometic search engine (Sloop) with Cooperative Autonomous Observing System research (CAOS) to produce ...

Mon, 09/30/2013

 

Sunrise at Paso de Cortes is a sight to behold as the majestic snow-capped Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl peaks come into view. We have to hurry, there are only few hours left...

Sat, 08/31/2013

Anyone into flying in the real world will tell you that all the beautiful "flying shots" are typically preceded by much preparation and numerous "uhoh" moments. Here, a few of our own...

 

 

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Wed, 07/31/2013

Admit it...every time you looked at a smokestack you've wondered what it does to the environment. You wished you could map the structure of the plume and follow the puffs. Small UAS' can be made to do that, and much more, using a dynamic data-driven mapping paradigm. There's much more...