AggieAir, in collaboration with E&J Gallo and ARS-USDA has completed a series of flight missions as part of the California Vine-related GRAPEX Project. The imagery information obtained by AggieAir (optical and thermal imagery) provides ground data level of diverse phenomena affecting the water use by highly structured canopy crops.
AggieAir presentation at AUVSI Xponential 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
As part of the collaboration between USU AggieAir and Utah Governor Office of Economic Development, a presentation of the latest advances of the AggieAir Group in the session "UAS Sensors and Analytics for Precision Agriculture" was made by Alfonso Torres-Rua. The presentation highlighted advances in data acquisition and analytics for monitoring agricultural field conditions by providing actionable information (crop water use, crop nitrogen, canopy volume, satellite compatibility) rather that NDVI estimations. Download the presentation here.
Hydrologic Research in Northern Alaska using AggieAir Technology Wins Award At 2015 AGU
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
AggieAir technology was used on the North Slope of the Brooks Range in Alaska this summer to help measure river channel widths and elevation profiles. After a successful campaign orchestrated by Dr. Beth Neilson and her PhD student Tyler King, they submitted an abstract to the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting and Tyler won an Outstanding Student Paper Award.
Download the poster here.
Complete list of winners here.
2015 International Workshop on Evapotranspiration Mapping for Water Security
Thursday, October 15, 2015
As part of the efforts from NASA and diverse entities in the US to Raise awareness among U.S. and international water resource managers and other stakeholders of the benefits of using satellite-based mapping of ET, The USU AggieAir Team was invited to highlight the current experiences using UAS to provide high resolution ET along other agricultural inputs for informed agricultural management. Details of the Workshop can be accessed here (https://c3.nasa.gov/water/resources/10/) along with the given presentation.
AggieAir Flies ADS-B for the First Time During Demo for Utah UAS Test Site
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
On Wednesday October 14th 2015, AggieAir flew ADS-B for the first time during a demo at the Utah UAS Test Site. ADS-B is an aviation standard which allows aircraft (manned and unmanned) to share each others position and altitude in real-time. This will make it easier to maintain separation with other aircraft and improve the saftey of AggieAir flights.
To view and maintain separation, AggieAir has partnered with Focused Support LLC who specializes in developing UAS mission software. Focused Support’s NEUROTM displays the flight parameters of AggieAir as well as the location of other aircraft configured with ADS-B. NEURO provides alerts to assist AggieAir operators in maintaining a safe degree of separation from other air traffic. NEURO can also ingest surveillance radar data to provide traffic alerts for non-ADS-B configured aircraft, once it’s made available for UAS operations. As a bonus, NEURO’s track data is recorded in a database allowing for rapid and effective mission analysis and debrief.