Over the last 9 weeks the Paparazzi autopilot has been used for operations with remotely piloted aircraft from the Finnish Meteorological Institute for scientific research on board the R.V. Polarstern in the Weddell Sea/Antarctica. You can see the course and read a short report on the homepage of the Alfred Wegener Institut.
In March 2012, Paparazzi flew in southern Madagascar in the frame of a multi-university project to study and improve the ecosystem in one of the poorest regions of the world (Project). More than 4000 hectares of farm and grassland were photographed in visible and near infrared spectrum. More than 8500 photos were taken. Surely one of the biggest missions for science ever flown with Paparazzi.
In the Antarctic summer of 2011/2012 two teams flew Paparazzi-driven UAS on the southernmost continent. The University of Bergen flew at the Norwegian Troll station (video) and the University of Colorado near the US McMurdo station (blog, blog). They measured temperature, humidity, pressure, infrared radiation and wind with a Multiplex Funjet plane.
Paparazzi has flown on the southernmost continent: Antarctica. Scientists from the Finnish Meteorological Institute took three modified Funjets to the Finnish Aboa station and brought them back safely after more than 25 flights. They measured temperature, humidity, pressure, wind direction and speed in altitudes up to 1000m.
We were back in the Arctic flying Paparazzi aircrafts on Svalbard (N78° E15°) doing research with the Geophysical Institute of the University of Bergen/Norway. There are two teams operating near Longyearbyen, one on the apron of Longyearbyen airport (LYR) and the other at the old northern lights research station in Adventdalen. We had permission to fly up to 1500m outside the airport opening times. The Paparazzi aircrafts work perfectly…for humans it is just a little cold. Last night we flew having -32°C (-25°F) on the ground. There is a video showing a 1500m vertical profile flight.
This is to announce a Call for Papers for the 2009 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications (MESA09), part of ASME IDETC09. The conference is to be held August 30 – September 2, 2009 at the San Diego Convention Center. This Call for Papers is specific to the Session chaired by myself, Antoine Drouin, and Anton Kochevar. This topic of this session is ” Open Source UAV Autopilots: Status and Progression”, part of a symposium of MESA09 called “Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technologies and Applications (SUAVTA)”. This Technical Session is meant to be a session that will focus on Paparazzi, the topics can include specific features developed for Paparazzi or applications using Paparazzi along with other innovative aspects or uses of Paparazzi. We hope to make this one of the largest and best conferences dealing with Paparazzi. Please help us to promote Paparazzi and bring this amazing project to even more people. Full paper deadline is Feb. 27, 2009 using the online submission system.
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Scientists from the Geophysical Institute of the University of Bergen/Norway flew Paparazzi controlled Funjet aircrafts equipped with meteorological sensors in the Arctic sea around Spitsbergen with only the help of an RC safety pilot and no Paparazzi team member nearby. They took off and landed on the helicopter deck of the Norwegian icebreaking coast guard vessel KV Svalbard for one week and set a new Paparazzi low temperature record by flying at around -20°C and 15m/s wind in altitudes up to 1500m. For another two weeks they also collected data on Spitsbergen near Longyearbyen. See pictures in the gallery and a video.
Three Paparazzi equipped Funjets were part of the Flohof measurement campaign around the Hofsjökull glacier in Iceland. We were able to measure temperature, humidity, pressure and estimate the wind. The authorities issued a NOTAM, clearing the airspace up to 12.000 feet which allowed us to set a new Paparazzi altitude record.
Paparazzi has come a long way since it’s creation in 2003. For a bit of nostalgia browse the original website.