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Experiences in the development and deployment of UAVs for atmospheric and topographic research

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 11:30AM - 12:30PM


Frank Tinapp

Aerospace Engineering, Universidad de Concepción, Chile


SEEL room 303

4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder

Unmanned aerial vehicles are a relatively new and powerful technology which is rapidly penetrating civil applications and achieving industrial matureness. The Aerospace Laboratory of University of Concepción/Chile has developed several UAV projects, ranging from military fixed wing aircraft to high efficiency multirotors for industrial inspection. The purpose of this talk is to present some recent research efforts, focusing on drone based measurement of atmospheric properties such as air pollution and wind velocity profiles. Most Chilean cities show very high values of air pollution, especially during winter due to obsolete wood fired heating systems in private households. The Chilean governmental health organization monitors the air quality using ground based measurement stations in order to predict the pollution situation the next day. Besides these measurement points, no altitude information is available that could eventually enhance the precision of the predictive method. We will present a first attempt to use several low-cost atmospheric sensors in a drone in order to easily obtain air pollution and wind speed profiles within urban areas.


Dr. Frank Tinapp is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Concepción, Chile with a PhD in experimental aerodynamics. He is involved in the development of autonomous vehicles and in charge of the Aerospace Lab.


Free and open to the public.