Project AQUILA Measures Air Quality Near Highways

Dec. 14, 2023

IRISS recently participated in preliminary field tests for the project “Air Quality with UAS Integration and Laboratory Analysis” (AQUILA), a collaboration led by RECUV graduate research assistant Robert Sasse and Mechanical Engineering graduate research assistant Jonathan Silberstein. The goal of AQUILA is to examine air quality near busy highways by...

Vortex Bunch

Team VORTEX explores VTOL capabilities for the Drak

Dec. 14, 2020

This year, IRISS is sponsoring Team VORTEX. The project manager of the team is Bill Chabot, and his fellow group members are listed below in The VORTEX Bunch. Bill explains that the versatility of UAS in today's research groups is becoming a large necessity. As researchers strive to get the...

RAVVEN in lab with Anders


Oct. 21, 2020

Here’s an update on IRISS in the time of COVID-19. After shutting down from mid-March to June due to the pandemic, we took our "Return to Research" responsibilities seriously. By dividing lab space and spreading work throughout the team, we managed to keep our students and staff appropriately distanced and...


Aug. 4, 2020

The HYFLITS team has been busy working on their balloon platform. We've posted some videos on the research page, go check it out!


IRISS Visits the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology

Feb. 14, 2020

This past Thursday, IRISS had the opportunity to work in conjunction with the US Embassy in Barbados and NOAA to participate in an outreach event to Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI). The use of UAVs has been highly controversial in Barbados, and this outreach opportunity provided a chance...


RAAVEN Supports NOAA Science During ATOMIC

Jan. 31, 2020

Supported by the NOAA UAS Program Office, IRISS Engineering Manager, Steve Borenstein is currently overseeing IRISS Pilots Michael Rhodes and Chris Choate in operations for the Atlantic Tradewind Ocean-Atmosphere Mesoscale Interaction Campaign (ATOMiC). Operating out of Morgan Lewis, a coastal location on the eastern shore of Barbados for launch and...

Alex Hirst

Graduate Student Alex Hirst Researching in Africa

Jan. 27, 2020

This week, CU Boulder Graduate Research Student Alex Hirst traveled to North-West University in Johannesburg, South Africa to further his research for the UAE Rain Enhancement Project . He will be working with Dr. Roelof Burger and his lab to collaborate on development of planning algorithms to allow the Super...


IRISS Conducts First Test Flight of the Super RAAVEN Prototype Aircraft

Sept. 9, 2019

Last week, IRISS received and successfully conducted the first flight tests of the new prototype Super RAAVEN airframe at the Table Mountain facility north of Boulder. The aircraft is a custom commissioned version of the Drak by RiteWing RC . The Super RAAVENs will be added to our current fleet...

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Welcome to the 2019 AFOSR/ONR/HVSI Hypersonic Aerothermodynamics Portfolios Review

July 5, 2019

IRISS and the MURI HYFLITS Team , in coordination with the Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department , are proud to welcome the 2019 AFOSR/ONR/HVSI Hypersonic Aerothermodynamics Portfolio Review to our campus. We hope the following information will help you navigate your visit. Venue: 3775 Discovery Drive ,...

A student holding the drone in the field

The air up there: CU team deploys multiple drones in tornado study

July 1, 2019

Project TORUS–or Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells–is a two-year partnership between CU Boulder, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (which is leading the work), Texas Tech University, the University of Oklahoma and the National Severe Storms Laboratory.