UAS Project to Increase Snowpack in Nevada Mountains

2016-02-12

UAS Project to Increase Snowpack in Nevada Mountains
A new industry-academic research partnership will bring together Nevada’s top atmospheric scientists and leading unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) engineers, designers, and data experts to develop and test innovative applications focused on increasing snowpack depths in the Lake Tahoe region.

Led by the Desert Research Institute (DRI), and supported by Nevada’s Knowledge Fund, this first-of-its-kind project will combine more than 30 years of DRI weather modification research and expertise with the proven experience in aerospace manufacturing and flight operations of Reno-based Drone America, and the industry leading unmanned aerial data services of Las Vegas-based AviSight.

“This project is a key part of helping Nevada address the ongoing drought and explore innovative solutions for natural-resource challenges such as augmenting our regional water supply,” said the project’s lead scientist, Adam Watts, Ph.D, a DRI assistant research professor and expert in UAS applications for ecological and natural-resources applications

The project will develop and test Drone America’s latest UAS technologies for cloud seeding operations across the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee River watershed, where DRI has conducted ground-based winter cloud seeding operations for more than 30 years. On average, DRI’s cloud seeding program adds approximately 14,000 acre-feet (4.5 billion gallons) of water to the Truckee River watershed’s snowpack each winter season, explained Frank McDonough, lead forecaster and manager of the DRI Weather Modification Program.

Currently, under local support from the Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) and the Western Regional Water Commission (WRWC), DRI conducts cloud seeding using ground-based generators along and West of the Sierra Crest, increasing the resilience of municipalities and agricultural operations to drought, added McDonough.

While manned aircraft have been utilized in the past for cloud seeding operations and research in the Lake Tahoe region, DRI has not pursued such methods for cloud seeding in the region in nearly two decades due to the high costs and risks associated with airborne seeding from a manned aircraft.

This new collaboration hopes to change that, explained Watts.

“When used correctly, airborne cloud seeding platforms offer great potential to increase the number of storms that can be seeded, thus helping to increase the local snowpack and resulting river flows,” he said. “Further, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) could be deployed much faster and more often to increase effectiveness and decrease the costs and risks compared to that of manned airborne cloud seeding.”

The team will utilize two of Drone America’s cutting-edge unmanned platforms; the DAx8 multi-rotor aircraft that is designed to carry payloads, sensors and cameras while providing extra safety and redundancy; and the Savant fixed-wing aircraft that is designed to excel in tough commercial unmanned system applications despite its light weight design (less than 55 pounds). Both platforms incorporate a sophisticated autopilot system, providing the aircraft with autonomous capability and safe, reliable navigation over complex terrain such as the areas where cloud seeding is done.

Drone America will also provide experienced flight operations teams, consisting of air vehicle operators, payload operators, and technicians, who are well trained and mission-ready. The team has over 21,000 combined flight hours ranging from small UAS to commercial airliners.

“We have been working with the DRI since 2013 on ways to utilize our UAS platforms to make aerial cloud seeding operations safer and more effective,” said Mike Richards, President and CEO of Drone America. “Now, with the support of Governor Brian Sandoval’s Office of Economic Development and the State’s Knowledge Fund we will be able to make these innovations a reality.”

AviSight, a leading provider of manned and unmanned aerial data services will coordinate and manage the project’s airspace access with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and lead business development efforts to expand test and deployments in Nevada and surrounding Western states.

Together with Drone America and AviSight, DRI researchers plan to create weather forecasts and conduct flight planning for manned and unmanned aircraft; conduct test of cloud seeding operations using manned and unmanned systems as well as existing ground generators; and estimate the effectiveness of UAS cloud seeding applications across the DRI’s current Lake Tahoe Basin operations area.

“This project is going to notably advance Nevada’s UAS industry,” said Steve Hill, Executive Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “When proven effective, this research can be used to promote Nevada-born UAS innovation in other areas where cloud seeding is currently done, including most of the Western States, Canada, and several other countries.”

Additionally, jobs created as a result of this initiative are intended to be high-paying STEM jobs that will bolster the UAS research and development capabilities across Nevada. The project’s Knowledge Fund grant will provide $400,000 to the project over the next two years.




FAA Releases Updated Model Aircraft Guidance

2015-09-13
FAA Releases Updated Model Aircraft Guidance

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  published updated guidance on model aircraft operations that reflects current law governing hobby or recreational use of unmanned aircraft.

Is Private Airspace Ownership Really “Up in the Air”?

2015-09-09
Is Private Airspace Ownership Really “Up in the Air”?
As I write this article, many of my colleagues in the commercial drone industry have focused their attention on the State of California and are anxiously waiting to see if the California Governor will sign or veto SB 142, which recently passed in the California legislature.

Farm drones expected to take off

2015-09-08
Farm drones expected to take off
Every week, an agronomist walks a portion of the 600 acres of crops at the Sunrise Acres dairy to gather information used to fight pests, weeds and other maladies that could threaten the harvest.
It’s a labor-intensive process repeated at farms throughout Wisconsin, and it’s one farmers say could soon become vastly more efficient thanks to drone technology.

Invisible Cloak for Military UAS

2015-09-04
Invisible Cloak for Military UAS
Scientists are working on creating   a new design for a technology that redefines what the public views as imaginary. Inspired  by the  well-known Invisibility Cloak from Harry  Potter, electrical  engineers at  the University of California,  San  Diego have created a  new design  for  their cloaking device,  using  a  Teflon substrate,  studded with cylinders of ceramic,  that is  thinner than any prior development and does not alter the brightness of light around concealed  objects.

Russia and China are developing drones that could make stealth aircraft obsolete

2015-08-28
Russia and China are developing drones that could make stealth aircraft obsolete
The US and its allies continue to invest heavily in the F-35 and other stealth-capable aircraft. But Russia and China are rapidly developing systems that would negate the benefits that stealth offers.

Five Important Points to Help you Process UAS Integration in the US

2015-08-27
Five Important Points to Help you Process UAS Integration in the US
The FAA’s progress toward the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into national airspace is slow but on track, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Drones’ Newest Mission is Disaster Relief

2015-08-11
Drones’ Newest Mission is Disaster Relief
When aid workers arrived after Typhoon Haiyan hit Southeast Asia in 2013, they brought something new to help the areas battered by rain and gale force winds: unmanned aerial drones.

Folding Drone Unfurls in Fraction of a Second

2015-08-10
Folding Drone Unfurls in Fraction of a Second
Engineering teams around the world are putting significant time, effort and research dollars into the idea of using aerial drones in disaster relief scenarios. It makes a lot of sense: Drones are able to fly into dangerous or inaccessible locations and — outfitted with cameras and communications gear — can provide reconnaissance imagery of a disaster site or even make initial contact with survivors.

Unmanned aircraft taking to Texas skies for FAA testing

2014-02-27
Unmanned aircraft taking to Texas skies for FAA testing

Increasing numbers of aircraft are taking to the Texas skies unmanned.

Northwestern Michigan College unmanned drone program lends students unique opportunities

2014-01-27
Northwestern Michigan College unmanned drone program lends students unique opportunities

The U.S. government isn’t expected to open airspace for civilian unmanned drone flight until 2015.


Pages: Prev. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next

Back to the list


Quote Name
lyrica medication cost, 17.12.2016 08:57:17
Quote Name
TothyAnync, 24.10.2016 11:26:07
Rock It Man Erection Pills For Sale Posologia Propecia Generico Forum Achat Cialis En Ligne viagra online prescription Levitra Prices Dosage For Amoxicillin 400 5ml viagra Baclofene Douleur Finasteride Online Worldwide Delivery Decadron Mail Order Side Effects Cycle overnight delivery buy levitra online Propecia En Medicamentos Tigerfil 100 Mg Buy Femara Foto Levitra 10 Mg Cialis E Cibo Wellbutrin For Sale cialis Shop Cialis Online Diflucan Online With No Prescription Pyridium Alternativa Natural Priligy Cialis Efectos Salud Cialis Es Para Mujeres online pharmacy Abilify Price Non Prescription
Quote Name
TothyAnync, 21.10.2016 23:30:04
Clomid Anabolic Steroids cialis On Line Stendra Mail Order Pills Wolverhampton Wellbutrin Mexico Pharmacy viagra online pharmacy Clomid Prescription Overnight Amoxicillin For Nocturia Viagra 70 Ans antabuse Sale Viagra Singapore Cialis 20 Farmaco Order Alli On Line Womenra Where To Order Worldwide Bentyl In Germany lasix without prescription overnight Levitra Offerta Where To Order Macrobid Furadantin Bacterial Infections Dose Of Amoxicillin For Sinus Infection Motrin cialis Candian Pharmacy Usa Online Pharmacy Paroxetine Assunzione Levitra
Quote Name
Ptickjogeoky, 17.10.2016 09:45:07
Amoxicillin Cause Indigestion acheter propecia occasion Comprare Levitra Online Indomethacin For Sale isotretinoin delivered on saturday Hawaii Secure Free Shipping Macrobid Discount Pharmacy Visa Accepted costco pharmacy prices levitra 52 Propecia Dermatologist Approved Isotretinoin Secure Ordering Overseas Amoxicillin And Dogs cialis 20mg en ligne Online Propecia Without Prescription Where Can I Buy Free Shipping Progesterone Propecia Eficacia 1 Mg Buy Zoloft On Line Amoxicillin Animals Get Levitra viagra Real Progesterone Where To Buy Price On Line Dapoxetina In Italia Kaufe Viagra Priligy For Sale viagra Best Canadian Mail Order Pharmacies
Enter your Post*
Spam bot protection (CAPTCHA)