USRL Activities

3 weeks UAV campaign (March 2017, Orounda Cyprus)

  • Observation of the vertical composition of the atmosphere with UAV flights (Absorption, Size distribution, AOD, Ice Nuclei, etc.)

  • Balloon Aircore flights (In collaboration with LSCE)

  • Integration of Licor Methane Analyzer on Cruiser UAV(In collaboration with LSCE)

    • Proof-of-concept flights

Development:

  • USRL fixed wing UAV

  • Conversion of Cruiser two-stroke carburetor engine to Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)

USRL Summer Campaign –  June, 2018
  • Daily Vertical Atmospheric Profiles

Payload

  • Miniature Scanning Aerosol Sun Photometer (miniSASP)

  • Printed Optical Particle Spectrometer (POPS)

  • Single Channel Tricolor Absorption Photometer (STAP)

USRL Fall Campaign – November, 2018
  • Daily Vertical Atmospheric Profiles

Payload

  • Miniature Scanning Aerosol Sun Photometer (miniSASP)

  • Printed Optical Particle Spectrometer (POPS)

  • Alpha sense OPC modified with pump and critical orifice

  • Single Channel Tricolor Absorption Photometer (STAP)

Night Flight at Athalassa Campus

Purpose:

  • To measure black carbon produced by domestic heating

  • When? Christmas Holiday Season (increased wood burning)

  • Instrument: 5 wavelength Aethalometer in a small size UAV

USRL Current Activities

AQ-SERVE RPF Integrated Project

  • Intensive Seasonal Campaigns using UAVs

    • Currently preparing for intensive (every 1hr for 24hrs) air quality flights in an urban environment
  • Flights during regional pollution episodes

  • Plume Emissions aerial measurements

ACCEPT Project:

  • Intensive Seasonal Campaigns

  • Development of a UAV-balloon system for atmospheric profiling up to the lower stratosphere

  • Current Status:

    • The release mechanism system has been developed and integrated
    • Ready for Line-of-Sight Testing