Author Archives : Carrick


Nimbus in the news

We have recently had some good local news coverage of some of the goings on in the lab, including a couple of stories on Adam who joined us after a career in the Navy: https://www.1011now.com/video?vid=500542701 https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/retired-navy-pilot-charts-next-career-in-nebraska-drone-lab/ There is also a nice story about Daniel in the UNL Annual Research Report (click the resilience tab): http://research.unl.edu/annualreport/2018/ […]


IROS Papers and Awards

We just got back from presenting a number of papers at IROS, which took place in Madrid. Congratulations to Evan and Carl. Their paper was awarded the Best Paper on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics out of over 1200 papers presented at IROS! The papers we presented are: Y. Sun, A. Plowcha, M. Nail, S. […]


Eclipse Flying

The Nimbus Lab spent from early morning until sunset last Monday, Aug 21st doing atmospheric profiling flights to determine the impact of the Eclipse on weather patterns. These were collaborative experiments with Dr. Adam Houston from UNL Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Sean from NOAA, and Dr. Jamey Jacob from Oklahoma State University as part of […]


Summer 2016 Field Experiments

We conducted a whole lot of field experiments over the summer. First, we did two prescribed burns and a number of tests of the systems (without igniting fires). Here are a couple of videos to check out: We also conducted a experiments at the University of Oklahoma as part of the Cloud-Map project we are involved […]


Prescribed Fire Updates

This is one of my favorite pictures after our successful prescribed burn at Homestead National Monument, which shows all the people that were involved in the first ever prescribed fire ignition on public land by a UAS (can you guess which side is the fire crew and which side is us?). Recently, we had an article […]


Prescribed Fire Ignitions at Homestead National Monument

We had an extremely successful test of our Unmanned Aerial System for Firefighting (UAS-FF) at Homestead National Monument last week. We worked with a group of over 15 firefighters from around the region to test the UAS we have developed in the Nimbus Lab. The firefighters used drip torches to create a “black” perimeter around the […]


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 […]


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: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/rob.21591/abstract 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 […]