Toward an autonomous airborne scientist for studying severe local storms

Eric W. Frew, Brian Argrow, Adam Houston, Chris Weiss

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Abstract

Fixed-wing aerial robotic technology has advanced to the point where platforms y persistent sampling missions far from remote operators. Likewise, complex atmospheric phenomena can be simulated in near real-time with increasing levels of fidelity. Further- more, cloud computing technology enables distributed computation on large, dynamic data sets. Combining autonomous airborne sensors with environmental models dispersed over multiple communication and computation channels enables the collection of information essential for examining the fundamental behavior of atmospheric phenomena. This paper describes progress toward the development of an autonomous airborne scientist for studying severe local storms. This autonomous scientist combines unmanned aircraft systems, meshed networked communication, cloud computing infrastructure, online and offine numerical eather models, and new onboard sensors. The existing system architecture will be described along with results from recent field deployments validating and assessing various subsystems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624104336
StatePublished - 2016
Event8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference, 2016 - Washington, United States
Duration: Jun 13 2016Jun 17 2016

Publication series

Name8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference

Conference

Conference8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference, 2016
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period06/13/1606/17/16

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    Frew, E. W., Argrow, B., Houston, A., & Weiss, C. (2016). Toward an autonomous airborne scientist for studying severe local storms. In 8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference (8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference). American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA.