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Mechatronics, Embedded Systems and Automation

Scientific Data Drone Test Site of MESA Lab @ UC Merced

Scientific Data Drone Test Site (SDD-TS)

of MESA Lab @ UC Merced


Basic Facts:

  • Scientific Data Drone Test Site (SDD-TS) of MESA Lab @ UC Merced was officially approved on July 24th, 2014.
  • The map (L-shaped zone is designated as SDD-TS of MESA LAB @ UC MERCED) (ppt)

Near Future Features and Testbeds:

  • Water-sampling data-drone test bed with controllable winds and waves; (CITRIS)
  • Container-based nursery plants with controllable water stress for growth dynamics quantification; (TBD)
  • Intelligent environment for GPS denied scenarios;
  • Ground truth targets for thermal IR (TIR) camera in-situ calibration.
  • Ground truth targets for short-wave IR (SWIR) camera in-situ calibration
  • Ground truth targets for mid-wave IR (MWIR) camera in-situ calibration
  • Moving target tracking
  • Airworthiness and Crashworthiness tests
  • Qualifying/certifyable ConOps design/setup
  • Sense and avoid, ADS-B/GSM
  • Vision-based autonomous landing
  • Methane mapping testbed (tbd)
  • etc.