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Field report: deployment of a fleet of drones for cloud exploration

Abstract : Drones are commonly used for many civil applications and the procedures to operate them have evolved during the past years to make them accessible to those with limited piloting skills in several scenarios. However, the deployment of a fleet in the context of scientific research can lead to complex situations that require an important preparation in terms of logistics, permission to fly from authorities, and coordination during the flights. This paper is a field report of the flight campaign held end of January 2020 at the Barbados Island as part of the NEPHELAE project. The main objectives of the project were to fly into trade wind cumulus clouds to understand the microphysical processes involved in their evolution, as well as to provide a proof of concept of sensor-based adaptive navigation patterns to optimize the data collection. After presenting the overall flight strategy and the context of operation, the main challenges and the solutions to address them will be presented, to conclude with the evaluation of some technical evolution developed from these experiments.
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Gautier Hattenberger, Titouan Verdu, Nicolas Maury, Pierre Narvor, Fleur Couvreux, et al.. Field report: deployment of a fleet of drones for cloud exploration. 12th International Micro Air Vehicle Conference and Competition, Nov 2021, Puebla, Mexico. ⟨hal-03406192⟩

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