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Volume 6, issue 3 | Copyright
Ocean Sci., 6, 615-619, 2010
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-6-615-2010
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  01 Jul 2010

01 Jul 2010

Technical Note: A low cost unmanned aerial vehicle for ship based science missions

E. Waugh and M. Mowlem E. Waugh and M. Mowlem
  • National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, SO14 3ZH, UK

Abstract. A low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is compared with those already available and the motivation for its development is established. It is targeted at ship-based science missions and potential applications are described including a specific science case to measure white capping in the deep ocean. The current vehicle includes a range of more than 1000 Km, carrying a payload of 2 Kg and it can be launched and recovered from a coastal research vessel. The vehicle has flown successfully in Force 4 gusting Force 6–7 wind conditions, an important requirement for operation at sea. Data analysis is performed on images captured by the vehicle to provide a measurement of wave period and white capping fraction. The next stage of the project is to develop a suitable payload and perform a demonstration science mission.

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