CIRPAS Committee Proposal
1. Mission, goals and objectives of the Aircraft committee are:
2. Description of the CIRPAS "National Facility:
The Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Studies (CIRPAS) is a research center at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. CIRPAS provides Remotely-Piloted Aircraft (RPA) as well as manned aircraft services to the science, research, test and evaluation communities at the lowest practical costs. CIRPAS also provides an array of meteorological, aerosol and cloud particle sensors, data acquisition systems, calibration and data reduction service. CIRPAS conducts payload integration, reviews flight safety and provides logistical planning and support to research and test projects. CIRPAS flight operations and the maintenance facility is located at Marina Municipal Airport, formerly Fort Ord’s Fritchie Field (Fig. 1).
Figure 1. CIRPAS’ Twin Otter and Hangar at Marina Airport.
CIRPAS also has a UAV flight operations facility at McMillan Airport, Camp Roberts, California. The airfield is within the restricted airspace of Camp Roberts. Its runway is paved, and is 3,500 feet long. As NPS is not able to operate and maintain the CIRPAS aircraft, it relies on its prime contractor, the California Institute of Technology, for that service.
This manned aircraft (Fig 2) will support the missions proposed here. It has around 1500 lbs payload capacity, and endures about 6 hours of flight. It cruises at 160 Kts, but it can loiter at speeds as low as 80 Kts, which makes it an exceptional platform for aerosol sampling work.
Figure 1. CIRPAS UV-18-6 Twin Otter) in flight.
CIRPAS also has the Pelican, a manned single engine Cessna 337, the Pelican –II, an alternately manned-unmanned Cessna 337, remotely piloted Predators, and Altus.
CIRPAS possesses a variety of scientific instruments and instrument suits. The basic meteorological and GPS suite consists of a Rosemount temperature probe, a Edgetech chilled mirror dew point sensor, a Rosemount flow angle probe with static ports, Vaisala temperature and dew point sensors, Eppley radiometers (total solar, partial solar, infrared, and UV), a Novatel GPS receiver with a ground survey station for differential correction, a TANS Vector GPS attitude system, a C-Midget-II INS-GPS system, an IRGA humidity and carbon-dioxide sensor, and an Aerodyne fast absolute humidity sensor. The CIRPAS aerosol instrumentation suite consists of a TSI 3-color nephelometer, a Radiance soot photometer, a TSI Ultrafine particle counter, and a TSI condensation nuclei counter. The CIRPAS cloud and particle instrumentation suite consists of an FSSP–100, a PCASP-100X, both with upgraded electronics, a CAPS scatter and occultation probes, and DMT 2D-P and 2D-PP probes, a TSI aerodynamic particle spectrometer, and a MOUDI Impactor. A new cloud radar, and a new wind lidar are near completion.
The CIRPAS mobile calibration laboratory is equipped with temperature, dew point, and pressure calibrators, DMA aerosol classifier systems for generation of particle size and concentration standards, integrating sphere for radiometer calibration, various tools and test equipment.
3. Draft Bylaws: How the committee will operate (ie. how often it would meet, where, how it makes its recommendations, etc.):