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Technical Note: a Low Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Ship Based Science Missions : Volume 6, Issue 3 (01/07/2010)

By Waugh, E.

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Title: Technical Note: a Low Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Ship Based Science Missions : Volume 6, Issue 3 (01/07/2010)  
Author: Waugh, E.
Volume: Vol. 6, Issue 3
Language: English
Subject: Science, Ocean, Science
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
Member Page: Copernicus Publications


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Mowlem, M., & Waugh, E. (2010). Technical Note: a Low Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Ship Based Science Missions : Volume 6, Issue 3 (01/07/2010). Retrieved from

Description: National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, SO14 3ZH, UK. 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.

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

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