Students launching a Talon.

IRISS Executes Its First mUAS Flight On Our Special Purpose COA at PNG

Aug. 18, 2017

On August 9th, IRISS successfully executed the first mUAS flight on our special purpose COA at the Pawnee National Grasslands. Following a range and data acquisition test (at 2.25 miles) of a single aircraft, we launched three Talons in succession and tested the MUASO (Multi UAS Operations) ground station. The... Read more »
Photo of the drone before flight.

IRISS Teams Up with NIST and DARPA to Test Nobel Prize-Winning Technology

June 27, 2017

CU researchers Dan Hesselius of the Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing (IRISS) Initiative and Greg Rieker and Shalom Ruben of the CU Precision Laser Diagnostics Lab teamed with Kevin Cossel and Nathan Newbury's team at NIST and DARPA to test their ability to track a drone with a comb... Read more »
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High-Altitude Balloon Experiment Foreshadows UAV Hypersonic Aircraft Usage

June 8, 2017

The Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences received a $7.5-million-dollar grant from the Department of Defense that spans over five years. This grant will mainly be appropriated towards research for the military regarding turbulence and particles at high altitude using weather balloons – particularly between 80,000 and 120,000 feet (where hypersonic... Read more »
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IRISS Drone Provides Live-Feed Weather Data for Severe Weather Forecasting to the National Weather Service

May 24, 2017

IRISS Drone Provides Live-Feed Weather Data for Severe Weather Forecasting to the National Weather Service On Tuesday 16 May 2017, an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) from the CU Boulder Integrated Remote & In Situ Sensing Program (IRISS) provided the first live-streamed data from a drone to the NOAA National Weather... Read more »
IRISS: Seeing the World in 4D

Seeing the World in 4D: An IRISS Forum and Open House at Fiske Planetarium

April 13, 2017

Date: Friday, April 14th Time: 2:00 - 5:00pm Networking Event (refreshments served): 5:00-6:00 , RECUV Indoor Flight Environment, Fleming Rm 177 Come to the IRISS Forum to: Understand the motivation and vision for IRISS Hear about projects created through the initiative Learn what infrastructure and facilities are available to help... Read more »
Project Map: A UAV exploring history

Project MAP: Using UAVs to Document the Past

March 17, 2017

Dr. Gerardo Gutiérrez, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, is working with his lab to breach the divide between social sciences and engineering. As the Principal Investigator of Project Map, sponsored by IRISS and the CU Boulder Grand Challenge, Dr. Gutiérrez has worked with his students to use LiDAR,... Read more »
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IRISS Researcher Emily Ranquist Selected for Best Student Paper Award

Feb. 22, 2017

Emily Ranquist, a PhD student in Dr. Brian Argrow’s lab, was recently selected as the winner of the 2017 ARAM Best Student Paper award by the Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology (ARAM) Committee at the 2017 American Meteorologic al Society (AMS) Meeting . Her paper, entitled “Exploring the Range of... Read more »
Student launches drone at IRISS flight training.

2017 Initial Ground School Classes Announced

Nov. 16, 2016

Starting in January 2017, IRISS will provide regularly scheduled Ground School classes for individuals seeking certification to fly drones under the approval of the University of Colorado, Boulder. These classes, designed and run by CU Boulder Director of Flight Operations Dan Hesselius , will be offered throughout 2017. UCB students,... Read more »
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Trevor Paglen to present "Keeping It Contained: The Art & Aesthetics of Trevor Paglen" on October 26, 2016

Oct. 21, 2016

Trevor Paglen will present "Keeping It Contained: The Art & Aesthetics of Trevor Paglen" on October 26, 2016 at VAC 1B20 from 7:30pm onwards. Trevor is a New York-based artist whose work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways... Read more »
Man leaning out of a red SUV looking at the sky.

Preparing for Storm Season: Flight Training on Table Mountain

June 28, 2016

Storm clouds begin to form overhead as the sky darkens. Our once talkative team now watches in silence, waiting to see if the autonomous flight software will indeed chase the tracker vehicle. “It's following. It's following. Perfect.” With this statement from pilot Dan Hesselius, the team exhales and begins chatter... Read more »

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