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Collection of environmental data from an airship platform
Author(s): George Kantor; David Wettergreen; James P. Ostrowski; Sanjiv Singh
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Paper Abstract

We believe that solar powered, autonomous airships with the capability to embark on extended duration sampling missions will serve as valuable tools for environmental science. In this paper, we outline our vision for an autonomous airship and discuss some of the applications for which such a craft would be well suited. We also report on our efforts to date to realize this vision. Specifically, we discuss the use of solar energy as a renewable source of power for airships. We also describe the configuration of a nine meter airship that we will use as a testbed for environmental sampling and autonomy research. We conclude by outlining directions for future research.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 October 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4571, Sensor Fusion and Decentralized Control in Robotic Systems IV, (4 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.444171
Show Author Affiliations
George Kantor, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
David Wettergreen, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
James P. Ostrowski, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Sanjiv Singh, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4571:
Sensor Fusion and Decentralized Control in Robotic Systems IV
Gerard T. McKee; Paul S. Schenker, Editor(s)

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