CASCADE – Unmanned Aerial Systems for Vertical Atmospheric Profiling

Current approaches to vertical atmospheric profiling are limited in their temporal and spatial resolution, weather balloon-based sondes are rarely recovered leading to environmental harm and limited sensor capacity with launches happening in few locations across the UK radiosondes. This approach offers a fire and forget way to gather atmospheric profiles but is not in line … More CASCADE – Unmanned Aerial Systems for Vertical Atmospheric Profiling

UAS response to the volcanic eruption in La Palma

Volcanic eruptions are powerful and destructive with almost unstoppable energy, hence the regular and precise monitoring of these events is critical for safety. In October 2021, the Cumbre Vieja volcano located on La Palma (Spain) erupted forcing the evacuation of hundreds of homes and triggering an international response effort to monitor the state of the … More UAS response to the volcanic eruption in La Palma

CASCADE for water sampling at lake using Aerial-Aquatic drone developed at ARL, Imperial

Given the fast rates and spatial scales of anthropogenic effects (e.g. fast global warming), there is a pressing need to measure and predict the dynamics of biodiversity and ecosystems processes, This is particularly relevant for microorganisms such as plankton, which sustain important ecosystem processes (e.g. carbon and nitrogen cycles, energy transfer through food-webs) and services … More CASCADE for water sampling at lake using Aerial-Aquatic drone developed at ARL, Imperial

Unmanned Air Systems – A Capability and Research Landscape Review

The Unmanned Air Systems – A Capability and Research Landscape Review was created by a partnership among some of the CASCADE members and industrial partners. The University of Southampton, Thales and QuinetiQ produced this document in 2019 as part of a ‘horizon scanning in unmanned aircraft systems’ exercise for DSTL. The 189-page document contains a … More Unmanned Air Systems – A Capability and Research Landscape Review

CASCADE tackles the automation of water sampling with a hybrid aerial-aquatic UAV

SailMAV is a novel design concept developed at Aerial Robotics Laboratory, Imperial College London for a hybrid robot capable of both aerial and water surface locomotion. Aerial-aquatic mobility significantly facilitates applications involving aquatic sampling or underwater surveying. Water vehicles that can take flight can be rapidly deployed, access to remote areas, overfly obstacles and easily … More CASCADE tackles the automation of water sampling with a hybrid aerial-aquatic UAV

CASCADE drone flies beyond-visual-line-of-sight to deliver NHS supplies to the Isle of Wight

The SotonUAV team at the University of Southampton has successfully completed the first delivery of the NHS supplies to the Isle of Wight using the Windracers ULTRA, a 350 kg unmanned aircraft developed as part of the CASCADE project. The drone took off from Lee-on-Solent and landed at Binstead, where team members collected the cargo … More CASCADE drone flies beyond-visual-line-of-sight to deliver NHS supplies to the Isle of Wight

CASCADE participates to the first UK UTM demonstration

Representatives of CASCADE from the University of Manchester with the support of the University of Southampton have been part of the UK’s first UTM (Unified Traffic Management) demonstration. The demonstration, codenamed Operation Zenith, happened at the Manchester Airport and its proximities on the 21/11/2018. Operation Zenith demonstrated the successful integration of manned and unmanned traffic … More CASCADE participates to the first UK UTM demonstration

CASCADE Kick-off Event

CASCADE Kick-off Event – 04/07/2018 The University of Southampton hosted the CASCADE Kick-off event on the 4th of July 2018. The event started with an introduction to the Industrial Steering Board members followed by a brief overview of the CASCADE project plan and objectives. A poster session and the subsequent discussion gave the guests the … More CASCADE Kick-off Event