OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Flying Fiber

Flying drone with a wind generator in the backgroundMan holding drone controls with a wind generator in the background

September 2014:

In collaboration with Heather Holms from University of Nevada-Reno, and Michael Wing from Oregon State University, we set up a tower with 4 IRGASONS.  Then we proceeded to suspend a Distributed temperature sensing (DTS) fiber optic cable from a UAS to measure a detailed temperature profile in front and behind a wind turbine.  These data will help unravel existing mysteries about stable atmospheric boundary layer dynamics, and tease out the possible impact of wind turbines on the local micrometeorology.

Group photo in front of a field and wind generators

Group of people loading up equipment into a car in the dark

Group of people in a field with a tower next to them and equipment layed about

One male at the bottom of a metal tower with another male handing items to him

Male at the top of a tower installing equipment

Two people at the top of a metal tower installing equipment

Male at the top of a metal tower installing equipment with a wind generator in the background

Girl at the base of a metal tower being handed eqipment

Several pieces of eqiupment set up on a metal tower in the middle of a field

Girl installing eqipment at the base of a metal tower with a male in the background working on other pieces of equipment

Box with fiber in it in a field and a very large wind generator in the background

A group of people coming out of tents in a field with irrgiation equipement in the background

Group of people standing in a field with tents to one side and a wind generator in the background

Group talking in a field with a table in between them

box with fiber in it in a field

Group standing in a line feeding fiber out of a box in the middle of a field

Drone flying in the air with the drone driver on the ground and people feeding line out to the drone in a field

A drone flying far above the ground with a group of people on the ground feeding fiber to it from the middle of a field

Group feeing fiber to a drone in the middle of a field

Drone fling through the air

Plot of the vertical temperature profiles as a function of time