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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-6789-2022
Research article
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23 Nov 2022
Research article |  | 23 Nov 2022

The DataHawk2 uncrewed aircraft system for atmospheric research

Jonathan Hamilton, Gijs de Boer, Abhiram Doddi, and Dale A. Lawrence

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The DataHawk2 is a small, low-cost, rugged, uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) used to observe the thermodynamic and turbulence structures of the lower atmosphere, supporting an advanced understanding of the physical processes that regulate weather and climate. This paper discusses the development, performance, and sensing capabilities of the DataHawk2 using data collected during several recent field deployments.