Yearly Archives: 2015

FAA COA for prescribed burns by UAVs

Recently there have been a number of stories on our UAV that can ignite prescribed burns, including stories on slate, popular science, fire engineering, discovery, Washington Times, inverse, and others. The video that shows our system is all based on indoor flights, but we are excited to announce that we just got final approval from the FAA […]

Science Olympiad Flight

The Science Olympiad National Tournament was held here, in Lincoln, Nebraska, last Saturday. We had the opportunity to help in the closing ceremonies by flying the list of awards in to the presenters. One of the event staff captured a behind the scenes view of the awards coming in via an Ascending Technologies Hummingbird quadcopter. There were teams […]

Water Sampling in the Journal of Field Robotics

Our work on Aerial Water Sampling has just been published in the Journal of Field Robotics. Check it out: We have some newer results relating to in-situ water sensing and sampling at a range of depths that we hope to get published soon, but if you are curious feel free to send us an […]

Dancing with Drones at Lincoln High School

Last year we collaborated with the international dance company STREB (really they are “Extreme Action Heros,” not dancers) to put on a workshop with dancers and robotics students at UNL. There is a nice video giving an overview of the collaboration here: A couple of days ago we worked with a Lincoln High School dance […]

Nimbus Lab Story on KMTV (Omaha Ch. 3)

We recently had a visit from the Omaha Ch. 3 news team. We spent a couple of hours with them describing the work we do in the Nimbus Lab and you can find their report here:  

Sunday with a scientist

  On Sunday, February 15th the Nimbus Lab was involved in Sunday with a Scientist Day at the University of Nebraska Morrill Hall State Museum. During this event we presented some of the research conducted in our lab to the public. We demonstrated our water sampling hexacopter, and sampled water from a small container (2x4x4) […]

Nimbus Lab Featured in NSF 360

Recently our lab was featured on the NSF 360 daily news website! Below is the video they showed:     Carrick Detweiler was also recently interviewed by Julie Rose on BYU Radio (XMRadio) and discusses the water sampling project in more detail.  

NIMBUS Water Sampler in the News

 MIT Technology Review included the NIMBUS Lab’s “Co-Aerial Ecologist” water sampling drone in a new article highlighting applications of robotic aerial ex-situ analysis (extracting samples to analyze them in the lab) to aqueous domains.  The article also identifies further applications for water sampling from UAVs, including detecting species using environmental DNA (“eDNA”) or monitoring oil spills.  The article […]