17 Dec 2020

17 Dec 2020

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University of Nebraska UAS profiling during LAPSE-RATE

Ashraful Islam1, Ajay Shankar1, Adam Houston2, and Carrick Detweiler1 Ashraful Islam et al.
  • 1Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588, USA
  • 2Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588, USA

Abstract. This paper describes the data collected by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) as part of the field deployment during the Lower Atmospheric Process Studies at Elevation – a Remotely-piloted Aircraft Team Experiment (LAPSE-RATE) flight campaign in July 2018. UNL deployed two multirotor unmanned aerial systems (UASs) at various sites in the San Luis Valley (Colorado, USA) for data collection in support of three science missions: convection-initiation, boundary layer transition, and cold air drainage flow. We conducted 172 flights resulting in over 1300 minutes of cumulative flight time. Our novel design for the sensor housing onboard the UAS was employed in these flights to meet the aspiration and shielding requirements of the temperature/humidity sensors, and attempt to separate them from the mixed turbulent airflow from the propellers. Data presented in this paper include time-stamped temperature and humidity data collected from the sensors, along with the three-dimensional position and velocity of the UAS. Data are quality controlled and time-synchronized using a zero-order-hold interpolation without additional post processing. The full dataset is also made available for download at ( 5281/zenodo.4306086 (Islam et al. , 2020)).

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Short summary
This paper describes the data set containing thermodynamic measurements (pressure, temperature, humidity) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln unmanned aerial system multirotors during the LAPSE-RATE campaign from 14–19 July 2018. The paper describes the placements, shielding, and aspiration of the sensors. The paper also describes the research objective for data collected each day. The dataset contains 171 files from two multirotors recording vertical atmospheric boundary layer profile.