Author Archives : Carrick


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 […]


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: http://www.scrippsmedia.com/kmtv/news/Drones-on-the-Rise-301175101.html  


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.