About 60 students and staff from Oklahoma State University (OSU), and the universities of Kentucky, Oklahoma and Nebraska, are spending the week of June 26 flying UAS at OSU’s Unmanned Aircraft Flight Station, to collect data on weather.
This is the second year that the universities have come together to test UAS and their ability to improve weather forecasting, and the students seem to enjoy the collaborative environment as they work with students from different universities on a shared challenge.
“We look forward to this every year,” says Caleb Canter, a mechanical engineering master’s student at University of Kentucky, via an article from the Stillwater News Press.
Canter, who collected data on turbulence, adds, “we get to compare how other schools use drones and learn from it.”
Thanks to being accessorized with sensors, approximately 20 UAS of various shapes and sizes were used to collect different types of data, including temperature, wind speed, humidity and pressure.
One of the UAS used, named Maggie, made its maiden voyage, and it performed admirably, as it collected data from multiple elevations during its 40 minutes in the air.
The research being conducted by the four universities, which is being funded by a four year, six-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation, is a part of the CLOUD MAP project, which stands for Collaboration Leading Operational UAS Development for Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics.
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