- Using UAVs for NERC Science
- Aircraft control theory and autopilots
- Miniaturisation / integration of instruments
- UAV regulations
- Flight planning, operations and checklists
- Integration of sensors onto mini/micro UAVs
- Indoor mission flights
- Outdoor flight missions
- Mission debriefs and supervised data analysis
- Group presentations and practical results
This course has been specifically designed for environmental scientists with an interest in the application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to their science. The course will take place at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban, Scotland, where you will have the chance to fly both indoor and outdoor missions (weather permitting).
Professor Rob MacKenzie has 20 years of research experience, and over 70 peer-reviewed publications, an h-factor of 21, and has graduated 11 PhD students (with a further 2 currently studying and 3 due to start in October 2013). Rob’s expertise is in the design and delivery of atmospheric science field campaigns using specialist research aircraft. He and a small number of close European colleagues managed the research programme of the high altitude Geophysica aircraft for over ten years. Rob led a NERC technology Theme scoping study on the use of UASs for Earth and environmental science and is currently part of the team that will carry out the first combined campaign of the FAAM BAe146 and the remotely piloted NASA Global Hawk.
Dr Phil Anderson is Head of Marine Technology at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS). Phil was the first person to operate UASs in the Antarctic and his team is now designing and operating marine-capable platforms for survey and sampling the Scottish coastal environment.
Dr Rick Thomas worked for several years at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA, in Professor V. Ramanathan’s highly successful UAS program. Rick’s expertise lies in the development and integration of novel environmental sensing instrumentation and the safe scientific application of UAS up to 12,000ft altitude in non-segregated airspace. He is currently developing a whole-air sampler for a UAS helicopter platform at the University of Birmingham.
Dr Keri Nicoll is an Early Career Fellow of the Leverhulme Trust at the University of Reading. She has seven years of experience with development of small, lightweight science sensors, which have been flown on free balloon and UAS platforms. Dr Nicoll’s expertise is in the field of atmospheric electricity and cloud interactions, but she also has experience with Saharan dust and volcanic ash measurements, using a variety of sensors developed at the University of Reading including solar radiation, electrical charge and cloud droplet sensors.
Flt Lt Rob Leather has been a fighter-pilot with the RAF for 16 years and has flown the Hawk, Jaguar, F-18 Hornet (with the US Navy) and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Rob holds a civilian pilot's license and has completed the ground examinations for the airline transport licence. He now instructs Human Factors and Crew Resource Management and through private work for a light-aircraft development and sales company, frequently engages with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Rob has a degree in Physics from Oxford University.