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The RECUV Unmanned Aircraft Fleet consists of aircraft ranging in size and performance from the 1-lb, 14-inch wingspan CUMAV, to the 11-ft wingspan, 45-lb Pilatus P1-A that can carry up to 12 pounds of payload. With a 10 ft wingspan, the AresMax is the second generation of the original Ares UAS used in the first Ad Hoc UAS & Ground Network (AUGNet) experiments. Electric-powered NexSTAR UAS are the workhorses for current networking experiments. One of the four Tempest UAS, designed for in-situ sensing in severe thunderstorms, was the first UAS to penetrate and sample supercell thunderstorms. All unmanned aircraft are flown under Federal Aviation Administration Certificates of Authorization (COAs). Flight videos can be found on the RECUV YouTube Channel.
The mobile Ground Control Station (GCS) is a command, control, and communications (C3) center housed inside a customized 15-passenger van. The mobile GCS is equipped with VHF voice radios, a 900-MHz mechanical tracking antenna for direct UAS command and control, and a 2.4-GHz phased-array WiFi antenna to support the autonomy-enabling NetUAS C3 architecture.
The Table Mountain Field Site and Radio Quiet Zone, owned and maintained by the US Dept. of Commerce, includes the RECUV UAS airfield, and a system of roads and a fiber optic network that interconnect various buildings and permanent antenna sites on a 2.5-mi × 1.5-mi mesa located about 10 miles north of the Boulder Campus. A high-speed router connects the test range communication system into the public Internet. The facility is used to conduct RECUV mobile networking experiments and other flight tests.
The Unmanned Vehicle Systems Integration Lab is located in the Engineering College’s Discovery Learning Center. It houses Computing facilities, electronics work benches, and test equipment enable hardware/software integration and hardware-in-the-loop testing of mobile sensing systems. The Unmanned Systems Fabrication Lab, located in the Engineering Center, provides software design tools, machine, and power tools for unmanned vehicle design and construction.

Unmanned Aircraft

The Tempest

The Tempest UA was developed to fly into severe storms to study tornadogenesis as part of the VORTEX2 field campaign.

The NextStar

The NexStar UA designed for net-centric operation using the NetUASC3 communication, command, and control architecture.

The DataHawk

The miniature Datahawk can measure temperature, wind speed and direction, humidity, and atmospheric turbulence.

The Pilatus P1-A

The Pilatus P1-A designed to carry a payload of up to 10 lbs.

The Ares

Ares UA designed and constructed at the University of Colorado.

The MLB Bat3

Bat3 UA designed by MLB Co.(images courtesy of MLB CO.).