THz Takes Flight

A project log for The THz Drone Project

I am working on a project to fly a THz Spectrometer on a drone. This will enable spot measurements of important atmospheric molecules.

Joseph DemersJoseph Demers 07/02/2016 at 00:530 Comments

Today, Edan (from Cheetah Logistics) and I flew a test flight of the PB7220-2000-T THz Spectrometer on a DJI-S1000. We simply wanted to see how it would go and how long we could fly. As it turns out we could stay airborn 8.5 minutes. The spectrometer weighed-in at 3.5 kg, so I obviously still need to shed some more weight to get longer flight times. The spectrometer was running during the flight and it was very hot and humid so we recorded some nice water vapor transitions at twenty feet in the air.

Next time I need to bring a table and some shade.

Kinda surprised it worked the first time without a hitch specially on our budget....

I will post the data when I download it from the drone. Right now I just want to celebrate the fact that it actually worked!

Happy 4th of July!