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 […]


Exporting ROS Bag Files to Matlab, v2.0

A while ago I wrote a post about bag2csv, which is a tool I wrote to import data from ROS bags to Matlab workspaces. This tool first converted the bag data to CSV files, and then read the CSV files into Matlab. We’ve discovered a lot of shortcomings to this approach since that post was written, and as […]


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 […]


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: 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