PI Mihalis Vrekoussis
Participant The Cyprus Institute
Instrument picture

The Unmanned Aerial Research Facility of the Cyprus Institute consists of a fleet of four Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and a Ground Control Station (GCS) for their remote operation. UARF’ dual goal is to determine the ambient physical, chemical and radiative atmospheric properties as well as to conduct Earth-surface observations. The four medium-size Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) of the UARF are based on fixed-wing platforms that can fly autonomously using a flight plan from an autopilot; however, they are also capable of flying manually using a radio control transmitter. Their unique modular design enables them to easily switch between instruments for various scientific missions assuming that the total mass of the instruments does not exceed 12 kilograms including the mass of the data acquisition system. In addition, the UAVS are equipped with the required sensors for navigation such as GPS, accelerometer, altimeter, air-speed sensor and electronic compass as well as with temperature and humidity sensors. UARF will participate to the CHARADMexp with two unmanned aerial vehicles. With the current setup and the installed payload, they can fly up to an altitude of 1.5 kilometers with flight endurance up to 2.5 hours.

Instrumentation to be used:

  • Optical Particle Counter (OPC)
  • Condensation Particle Counter (CPC)
  • black carbon (aethalometer)
  • ozone (UV absorption)ice nuclei sampling (IN)

Recent measurements

Measurement Start time Duration
UAV Flight July 1, 2014, 2 p.m. 1 hour, 15 minutes
UAV Flight July 1, 2014, 9 a.m. 1 hour, 20 minutes

Recent activity

Uploaded data
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CHARADMexp campaign is funded by the European Space Agency.

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CHARADMexp is supported by the BEYOND Centre of Excellence, in the frame of the satellite cal/val activities performed by the Centre. LIVAS climatology as well as the smoke dispersion and dust services provided by BEYOND will be validated through the CHARADMexp campaign.

ACTRIS provides support to CHARADMexp participants by offering access to the Finokalia research facilities through the Transnational Access activity of the Network.