WG 1: Unmanned Aerial Systems
A knowledge base with information about UAS is crucial to integrate more groups and institutions and to avoid redundant research and tests. This WG will therefore compile information about UAS, possible and best practise configurations, auto-pilot systems and flight control techniques and systems. In order to grant access to a wide public, the database containing these information will have a web interface and be a component of this COST Action’s web site. Furthermore, the WG will discuss the management of data compiled with UAS including structure, deployment, evaluation and processing and propose a suitable standard. State of the art ground station software is often targeted to a specific UAS and therefore non-interoperable with other systems. In order to coordinate campaigns and unburden a wider use of UAS, a set of software interfaces including, e.g., operation procedures and map or digital elevation model integration is essential and and be specified.
The development of suitable UAS is critical to successful atmospheric research as proposed in the Action. This working group will investigate UAS platforms and operation with specific emphasis on atmospheric research capabilities. Current use of airborne systems for atmospheric research relies on (remotely) piloted aircraft which are often based on model RC designs. This presents significant restrictions on the available range, endurance and number of aircraft that can be deployed. By exploiting recent advances in lightweight composites, aerodynamics, propulsion and automatic control a new range of high performance UAS specifically suited to atmospheric research can be developed. This working group will bring together such research in a co-ordinated way to propose the next generation of UAS designs that can operate autonomously and meet the required performance specifications.