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Unmanned Systems Research Laboratory (USRL)
Hosting Legal Entity
The Cyprus Institute
20 Constantinou Kavafi Street, CyI Athalassa Campus, Nicosia, PO: 2121 (Cyprus)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 2010
Scientific Description
The use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) has increased dramatically in the recent decades. UASs are widely used for different civil applications such as land management, earth sciences, contaminant detection and monitoring and commercial use. The Autonomous Flying Platforms for Atmospheric and Earth Surface Observations project (APAESO) of the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) is aimed at the dual purpose of carrying out atmospheric and earth-surface observations in the Mediterranean.The APAESO UAS platforms provide the unique ability to produce 3D measurements for determining: physical, chemical and radiative atmospheric properties, aerosol and dust concentrations and atmospheric dynamics as well as 2D investigations into: surface morphology, vegetation and land use patterns, archaeological site reconnaissance, contaminant detection and ocean surface properties (biology, waves, currents) at high spatial resolution.Through a modular design philosophy, APAESO is very adaptable for a variety of scientific investigations enabling scientific collaborations between the Cyprus Institute and national and international research organizations. Presently, the major scientific questions that can be answered using APAESO are being identified in order to determine proper design specifications and performance requirements.

RI Keywords
Atmospheric measurements, Unmanned aerial systems, Earth surface observations
RI Category
Research Aircraft
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Access to airborne observational facility

The APAESO platforms provide opportiunities to carry out atmospheric research as well as remote sensing observations of Earth surface characteristics and processes.

Atmospheric Measurement Tools

Condensation Particle Counter (CPC); TSI 3007 Cloud Droplet Probe (CDP); DMT Optical Particle Counter (OPC); MetOne 212 Profiler; Albedometer (2 Pyranometers); Kipp & Zonen CMP 21.

Earth-Surface Observation - Remote Sensing Facilities

Hyperspectral Imager; RESONON Pika II Gimbal System; CloudCap TASE Duo Infrared Camera; FLIR PHOTON 640 Visual Camera; Sony FCB-EX980 Video Camera; GoPro HERO.

International Society for Atmospheric Research using Remotely Piloted Aircraft
Date of last update: 29/01/2018
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