Verification of Meteorological Data Reports from the RQ-4A Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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Unmanned aerial vehicles UAVs have onboard sensors that continuously record weather data during their missions. This information is extremely valuable to both the meteorological and UAV communities with numerous potential benefits, which include improved weather forecast products and additional weather intelligence for military planners. The value of any dataset is directly related to its accuracy and this research determined the accuracy of weather data obtained from a particular UAV, the RQ-4A Global Hawk. This was accomplished through statistical analysis and comparisons with upper-air data and Atmospheric Slant Path Analysis Model ASPAM profiles of the atmosphere. Recommendations are provided for the use of this valuable environmental intelligence source to multiple user communities.
- Pilotless Aircraft