4.3 The ASAPS Observing System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Tuesday, 12 January 2016: 9:00 AM
Room 350/351 ( 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 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. ASAPS provides in-situ airborne environmental measurements of key environmental 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 UAV operator and simultaneously pushes the in-situ measurements to a PEMDAS data assimilation system in a cloud server environment for additional processing. 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 during a joint Navy-NOAA field campaign off the coast of Barrow, Alaska during which the ASAPS sensor was flown onboard a US Navy ScanEagle. ASAPS sensor data is evaluated for accuracy and the utility of an UAV observing platform is examined.

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