Clarkson University Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Project Takes Flight

An unmanned aerial device designed at Clarkson University that flew near Lake Erie’s shores this summer may help determine the best locations to site wind turbine farms.

Golden EagleA team of Clarkson faculty, staff and students traveled to Sandusky, Ohio, to fly the Golden Eagle, a nearly 40-pound UAV carrying a sonic anemometer that records wind directions and speeds.
The team managed a number of successful 30-minute data acquisition flights at a model aircraft field located in Burton, Ohio (approximately 50 miles south of the port of Cleveland), and two at the Griffing Sandusky General Aviation Airport, adjacent to the lake.

The project is part of a greater effort to collect weather condition and air quality data, a preliminary step toward researching proposed offshore wind turbine farms on and around Lake Erie. Several academic institutions and industries partnered in the research, including Clarkson, Indiana University, Case Western Reserve University, Arizona State University, EDP Renewables, and SgurrEnergy.

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