Compact 3D Ultrasonic Anemometers & Weather Sensors for Drones, UAVs & GCS

Anemoment Develops 3D Ultrasonic Wind Sensors & Tactical Weather Stations for UAVs

By Mike Ball / 13 Sep 2018
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Anemoment, a leading developer of compact three-dimensional ultrasonic anemometers for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and ground control stations (GCS), has partnered with Unmanned Systems Technology (“UST”) to demonstrate their expertise in this field. The ‘Silver’ profile highlights how their robust meteorological instruments deliver unmatched precision and accuracy for a wide range of UAV applications, including environmental monitoring, precision agriculture and wind profiling.

Ultrasonic UAV AnemometerThe TriSonica Mini is the world’s smallest and lightest 3D ultrasonic anemometer. Small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, it weighs just 50 grams and has no moving parts, making it an ideal ultrasonic wind sensor for UAVs and other SWaP (size, weight and power)-conscious systems.

The TriSonica Mini provides wind speed, direction and temperature data outputs, as well as measurement of all three air flow dimensions. Accurate measurement is maintained even at tilt angles of up to 15 degrees, making the anemometer ideal for moving platforms such as UAVs and USVs (unmanned surface vessels), as well as fixed locations such as UAV ground control stations (GCS).

The TriSonica Mini anemometer outputs an ASCII string via RS-232 that can easily be stored to a text file. Data emulation allows the system to be directly connected to existing off-the-shelf data loggers without costly changes to associated electronics. Data output is factory set to user requirements and includes the emulation of many common types of wind sensors, allowing the TriSonica Mini to be used as a convenient upgrade to older, bulkier devices.

UAV GCS Weather StationThe TriSonica Mini is also available as a Tactical Weather Station variant. In addition to the wind data provided by the regular TriSonica Mini, the Tactical Weather Station also provides humidity, pressure, 3D accelerometer, magnetometer and compass data. This in turn allows calculation of accurate dew point, air density, yaw, pitch, and roll figures.

The TriSonica Mini Tactical Weather Station is designed to be incorporated into UAV ground control stations and other space-constrained positions where high-accuracy environmental data is required.

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact