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Whimbrel Unmanned Aircraft System-Borne Atmospheric and Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Sensor
Title: Senior Flight Control and UAS Engineer
Phone: (610) 521-5700 x125
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (610) 521-5700 x103
Piasecki Aircraft (PiAC) proposes to continue development and testing efforts of the Whimbrel UAS, a low cost, expendable, air-deployed weather survey unmanned aircraft system. The Whimbrel UAS, a low cost, expendable, air-deployed weather survey unmanned aircraft system. The Whimbrel USA has been developed to support the Tropical Cyclone Boundary Layer mission requirements and contains sensors and data processing algorithms to measure temperature, pressure, humidity, wind vector, Sea Surface Temperature (SST), and sensible and latent heat flux. The Phase II effort will consist of a detailed design with updated stress, aerodynamics, and joint dynamic analyses from the Phase I effort. We will fabricate four prototypes for component and integrated system testing, culminating in a week long validation test effort at the Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) main site in the Southern Great Plans (SGP). We will perform 8 air launches to validate launch method reliability and aerodynamic performance (glide, ratio, power use) will be recorded for later analysis. The validation effort will make use of thee collection of reference sensors at the SGP site to document uncertainty ranges of the Whimbrel sensor suite.
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