Students use weather drones to improve forecasts
STILLWATER, Okla. (KTUL) -- Students from several different schools including Oklahoma State University met up at the OSU Unmanned Aircraft Flight Station east of Stillwater Tuesday to learn how to use drones to improve forecasts.
It’s called the CLOUD-MAP project. Jamey Jacob is the director of the Unmanned Systems Research Institute at OSU.
“It’s a four-year, $6 million national science foundation project to develop unmanned aircraft systems to improve measurements in meteorology in atmospheric physics,” he said.
This means students are using unmanned aircraft to take measurements of temperature, pressure and even humidity to feed directly into weather forecasts.
“We’re stepping into a world, a timeless world with weather,” said Allan Burba, a student at OSU.
His job is to fly his drone for public records and record everything going on, from takeoffs to landings.
“I always knew I was going to be some kind of engineer whether it’s programming, computer or planes,” he said.
On the other hand, Jordan Wilson is new to the world of drones. As an undergrad, his job is to help out and do research.
“Before starting this program about a month ago I didn’t even think it was possible,” he said. “It’s pretty crazy and I’m looking forward to some big ideas that hopefully we can test here and spread to the whole state.”
They hope their work will continue to improve forecasts and save lives.
About 60 students from four different universities participated this year and about a dozen faculty helped out.