170. DEVELOPMENT OF INSTRUMENTATION FOR DIRECT OBSERVATIONS OF AIR-SEA INTERACTION FROM LAND- AND SHIP-BASED UNMANNED AIRBORNE SYSTEMS

Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Advisor(s): W. Kendall Melville

Primary Student
Name: Benjamin Donald Reineman
Email: breinema@ucsd.edu
Phone: 858-598-4236
Grad Year: 2012

Abstract
We have developed Unmanned Airborne System (UAS) instrumentation packages to measure air-sea momentum transfer, latent, sensible, and radiative heat fluxes, and topography. A UAS flying at low altitude (20 - 30 m) over the ocean allows the direct measurement of air-sea fluxes within the marine atmospheric boundary layer and measurements of surface waves with laser altimetry. A UAS at higher altitude (300 - 400 m) provides observations of sea surface kinematics using high-resolution video, and of radiative fluxes using upward- and downward-looking short- and long-wave radiometers. We present a description of the instrumentation and a summary of results from engineering test flights over land of two instrumented Manta UASs (BAE Systems), performed in January 2011 at Camp Roberts, CA. We also introduce upcoming ship-based experiments using the Insitu ScanEagle, a platform capable of ship launch and recovery.

Related Links:

  1. http://airsea.ucsd.edu

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