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Development and Qualification of Instrumented Unmanned Planes for Turbulence Observations in the Atmospheric Surface Layer

Alaoui-Sosse, Sara and Pastor, Philippe and Durand, Pierre and Medina, Patrice and Gavart, Michel and Darrozes, José and Lothon, Marie Development and Qualification of Instrumented Unmanned Planes for Turbulence Observations in the Atmospheric Surface Layer. (2018) In: 23rd Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence, 11 June 2018 - 15 June 2018 (Oklahoma City, United States).

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The development of new observation systems like drones, present an opportunity to measure differently the turbulence in the atmospheric boundary layer. One of the main advantage of the unmanned plane lies in its capacity to fly at very low heights which is not possible with piloted airplanes, and thus to in situ investigate the turbulence in a way complementary to instrumented towers/masts. In the recent years, we have developed in Toulouse (France) two platforms of different size. The first one, called OVLI-TA, is a small unmanned aerial system (UAS) (3kg, payload included). It is instrumented with a 5-hole probe on the nose of the airplane, a Pitot probe, a fast inertial measurement unit (IMU), a GPS receiver, as well as temperature and moisture sensors in specific housings. After wind tunnel calibrations, the drone’s flight tests were conducted in Lannemezan (France), where there is an equipped 60m tower, which constitutes a reference to our measurements. The drone then participated to the international project DACCIWA (Dynamics-Aerosol-Chemistry-Clouds Interactions In West Africa), in Benin. Moreover, another project is carried out about the instrumentation of a so-called “Boreal” drone, which weights 25 kg and can embark 5 kg of sensors and IMU with data fusion. The scientific payload relates to atmospheric turbulence, GNSS reflectometry and gravimetry. In addition, this UAS has a long endurance (up to 10 h) and is more robust to fly in turbulent conditions. We will present the instrumental packages of the two UASs, the results of qualification flights as well as the first scientific results obtained in the DACCIWA campaign. We will also give some examples of envisaged deployment and observation strategy in future campaigns.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
HAL Id:hal-02197668
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Boréal (FRANCE)
Other partners > Institut national des sciences de l'Univers - INSU (FRANCE)
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