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2018 REU Summer Site

The NIMBUS Lab is proud to announce that beginning in Summer 2018, we will be hosting a 10 week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Site in coordination with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Summer Research Programs. Interested Undergraduate U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident students should visit the Summer Research Program Website for more information and […]


New Equipment: EyasSat Nanosatellite CubeSat Hardware Emulator

The NIMBUS lab has acquired a new tool to for our research, a CubeSat hardware emulator manufactured by EyasSat. This emulator will enable the NIMBUS lab to design and perform experiments in a new environment: Space! Initial planned experiments include: design and testing of new attitude control laws, efficient allocation of computational resources through advanced […]


We are looking for a Lab Manager!

We are looking for a part-time lab manager. The primary duties for the lab manager include preparing and maintaining equipment, refining scripts and models, giving tours, building and running demos, enforcing certain processes, etc.  The person we are looking for needs to have technical experience relevant to the lab including basic programming skills and exposure […]


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 […]


Bluetooth Ad-Hoc network and ROS / ROSJava / Android

These are the steps I followed to enable bluetooth tcp/ip traffic between a regular roscore in ubuntu and a rosjava android app: Installed the “Blueman Bluetooth Manager” following the instructions on the linked askubuntu [question] Install Blueman Bluetooth Manager sudo apt-get install blueman Create an ad-hoc bluetooth network (Local Services (blueman-services) / Network / Services […]


Using rosbag_pandas to Analyze rosbag Files with Python 1

ROS offers great tools to record execution traces using the rosbag command line tool. However, after the data is recorded, quickly extracting the data to perform analysis and produce graphics may be an issue to those unfamiliar with the process.  ROS provides a Python and C++ API to read and write data from the bags […]