Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Research article
29 May 2020
Research article |  | 29 May 2020

The CopterSonde: an insight into the development of a smart unmanned aircraft system for atmospheric boundary layer research

Antonio R. Segales, Brian R. Greene, Tyler M. Bell, William Doyle, Joshua J. Martin, Elizabeth A. Pillar-Little, and Phillip B. Chilson

Model code and software

oucass/CASS-ardupilot: CASSv1.5.1-Copter-3.6.11 A. R. Segales, A. Tridgell, R. Mackay, P. Barker, L. D. Marchi, WickedShell, P. Riseborough, T. Pittenger, Jason4short, P. Kancir, Jschall, G. J. de Sousa, L. Hall, M. Oborne, J. Walser, P. Hickey, A. Lucas, R. Lefebvre, S. B. Purohit, F. Ferreira, M. Katsutoshi, C. M. de Oliveira Filho, G. Staroselskii, G. Morphett, M. Denecke, E. Shamaev, J. Beraud, R. Jehangir, P. Hall, J. Goppert, and V. M. Vilches

Short summary
The CopterSonde is an unmanned aircraft system designed with the purpose of sampling thermodynamic and kinematic parameters of the lower Earth's atmosphere, with a focus on vertical profiles in the planetary boundary layer. By incorporating adaptive sampling techniques and optimizing the sensor placement, our study shows that CopterSonde can provide similar information as a radiosonde, but with more control of its sampling location at much higher temporal and spatial resolution.