J1.4 The ASAPS Weather Observing System for Remotely Piloted Aircraft

Monday, 11 January 2016: 11:45 AM
Room 355 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Brian D. Griffith, PEMDAS Technologies & Innovations, Monument, CO; and M. L. Gauthier

Under contract with the United States Air Force, PEMDAS Technologies and Innovations designed, developed and tested the Atmospheric Sensing and Prediction System (ASAPS) sensor for use on Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs). Conceived to provide resource protection for Air Force MQ-1 and MQ-9 Predator and Reaper RPAs, ASAPS provides in-situ airborne environmental measurements of key parameters and then streams those data to the ground control station in real-time. The ASAPS display software then presents the information in real time to the RPA operator and simultaneously pushes the in-situ measurements to a PEMDAS data assimilation and nowcasting system in a cloud server environment for additional processing and assimilation into a short-range forecast model. PEMDAS performed incremental testing of ASAPS by first integrating the sensor system on the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven aircraft. Under a separate contract with the United States Navy, PEMDAS further developed the ASAPS sensing system to fly onboard the Boeing Insitu ScanEagle aircraft. This presentation will present results of ASAPS testing and use with both the Raven and ScanEagle RPAs. ASAPS sensor data is evaluated for accuracy and the utility of an UAV/RPA weather observing platform is examined. Additionally, we evaluate the utility of the UAV/RPA weather observing system to generate Decision Support Tools for the platform operator.

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