25m to 7km altitude

up to 7 hours

and 1000km

multi-sensor

multi-platform

focus on science applications

collaborating and sharing

  AIRBORNE

Remote Sensing

Bathymetric and topographic LiDAR

(532, 1064, 1550nm)

VNIR/SWIR hyperspectral

(400-2500nm)

Hi-res spectral

Thermal IR

Microwave

(active, passive, InSAR, L-,P-,Ka, Ku)

 

Aerial Photography

and Video

... probing the environment using the least intrusive and
 
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AIRBORNE

In-Situ

Meteorological

(wind, turbulence, air temperature, humidity,

eddy fluxes, ...)

Particles

(fine, ultra-fine,

sampling, ..)

Trace Gases

(CO2, CH4, NH3, ...)

 

Aerosols

Multi-platform

UAV-sensors

Third Party Sensors 

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Unrestricted research flight operations Australia-wide - day and night - over water and land.
We understand your research, because we are scientists ourselves.

Browse our projects to see our expertise

and see the Earth and our Environment as you have never seen it before

Or click here to see -
  • Who we are
  • What we do, and
  • How we do it
 

Data from many of our projects is available for download on request:
     Most/all ARA data available         ARA data may be available           Data usually not available    

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Methane Emissions from CSG operations,
Surat Basin, Qld

2018-20

Bushfires
Cudlee Creek & Kangaroo Island

2019-20

Iron Range Rainforest

Cape York

2018-19

Northern Connector
2016-19

Walking with Dinosaurs

2014-16

Nullarbor Cliffs

2016

Pond XB8A

2016

Pinery Fire

2015

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from
Cattle Feedlot

2015

Mangrove Dieback
Gulf of Carpentaria

2017

Deep History

of Sea Country

2017-19

Pilbara Islands

2016-18

Bathymetric Lidar Trials

2016

Airborne Lidar of Evaporation Ponds

2014-16

Trans-Australian Railway

2015

Ultrafine Particles
from Coal-fired Powerstations

2014-19

Lidar Bathymetry of Ningaloo Reef

2016

WHAT WE DO

Combining the most modern in-situ and remote sensing technology with the most flexible, affordable and versatile aerial platforms, we carry out our own research and make our toolkit available to the Australian and international science and R&D community.

 

Our approach utilises the best features of both worlds of research aviation,

- the flexibility of UAV-like technology and instrumentation, and

- the versatility and unrestricted operations of small, modern manned aircraft,

giving us the capability to cost-efficiently and rapidly integrate sensors into our airborne platforms and deploy them anywhere in Australia (and even overseas).

WHO WE ARE

We are an independent certified Not-For-Profit Approved Research Institute (ARI) with strong links into the science networks nationally and internationally.

 

We have a long-standing solid track record of involvement and leadership in a large number of Australian and international science-based projects where the use of airborne technologies were essential. 

HOW WE OPERATE

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SHARING IS THE KEY

Most of our work is done in collaboration or partnerships with Universities, public entities or Industry.

 

As an ARI, our policy will continue to keep our work as transparent and traceable as possible manifested through the use of open source software, open and free discussions with collaborators and other specialists in the field about methodologies and procedures, and by making the data collected during science-based projects available to the relevant communities through open data repositories and archives - whenever possible and controlled by appropriate procedures.

 

We have a policy of sharing our airborne technology, data and expertise - in particular with students, scientists and small groups and businesses such as ours.

 

To facilitate airborne data capture and/or trials in the context of student projects, small scientific projects and projects in collaboration with other Not-For-Profit entities, we maintain a register of desired locations and types of data on the basis of which we may then propose to combine them to make them feasible.

SPECIAL FEATURES

As our aircraft are based on advanced gliding technology, they have the capability to glide for long distances in the event of an engine failure allowing us to operate safely far out over water and over unlandable areas.

 

Our airborne systems do not require any airport infrastructure for their operation which makes deployment very flexible.

 

As we operate two nearly identical airborne platforms, there is the ability to fly a large number of sensors in tandem, or if required, identical sensors simultaneously at different altitudes.

The environmental impact of our research platforms in terms of

 

- carbon dioxide footprint

- exhaust pollution

-noise pollution

- visual impact

 

is far smaller than that of any other airborne research platform in operation today.

 

This has enabled us to operate over the most environmentally sensitive areas, such as flying at low altitudes over the protected coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef or in the wilderness areas of Southern Tasmania.

ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT

SENSORS & SENSOR SUITES

airborne and ground-based

ATMOSPHERIC PARAMETERS

 

METpod, BATprobe and Z-Probe

(Air Temperature, Humidity, 3D-wind vector, Air Pressure)

 

AIRBORNE EDDY-CORRELATION (FLUXES)

(for airborne flux measurements of heat, water vapour and CO2)

 

TRACE GASES, PARTICLES, AEROSOL

 

Meteorological trace gas, particle and aerosol sensors

Aerodyne Quantum-cascade laser gas analysers (2)

(for methane, ammonia, nitrous oxide in ppb-range)

Los Gatos uGGA gas analyser

(for methane, ammonia, nitrous oxide in ppb-range)

OTHER

Other more specialised instrumentation

(radon sampler, trace gas sampler, etc]

LiDAR

 

 

Full waveform scanning LiDAR RIEGL Q560

(up to 240kHz pulse rate, operating at 1550nm)

 

Full waveform scanning LiDAR RIEGL Q680i-S

(up to 400kHz pulse rate, operating at 1064nm)

 

Bathymetric scanning LiDAR RIEGL VQ820G

(operating at 532nm)

AIRCRAFT PARAMETERS & INFRASTRUCTURE

 

Several high-precision IMU/GPS systems

Novatel SPAN with LITEF LCI, Novatel SPAN with LITEF ISA
tactical-grade; 

3 x OXTS RT4003 L1/L2/dual antenna MEMS-based
(3D-position and inertial speed;
attitude angles, accelerations, rates)

 

Laser Altimeter

(Riegl LD90LR)

 

BATprobe and Z-Probe

(Air Angles, dynamic pressure)

 

Comprehensive on-board infrastructure

(PCs, Ethernet/wireless throughout, Internet connection,
flight tracker, external science power - uninterrupted
switching from ground- to aircraft power, etc.)

THERMAL INFRARED

 

Thermal Infrared imager

(FLIR A615 & S60)

 

 

STILL & VIDEO

 

Hi-res still and video cameras

(Canon 1D, 5D; GoPro, other)

HYPERSPECTRAL & SPECTRAL

 

Hyper-spectral scanner SPECIM EAGLE II

(optimised ARA version, VNIR 400-1000nm, up to 488 bands, 1024 pixels/line)

 

Hyper-spectral scanner SPECIM HAWK

(optimised ARA version, SWIR 970-2500nm, up to 254 bands, 320 pixels/line)

 

Tri-spectral imager MosaicMill CANON 6D

(red, green, nir - mainly for ndvi - 21 MPix)

 

Tri-spectral scanner ARA/AWI TSLS

(red, green, nir - mainly for ndvi - 2048 cross-track pixels, 50lps)

 

Single Band line scanner RUNNER

( single band btw 390 and 1050nm - 2048 cross-track pixels, >1KH lps )

 

MICROWAVE

 

Passive microwave L-Band radiometry

(for soil moisture, sea surface / river salinity)

 

Passive microwave P-, Ka- Ku-Band radiometry

(for soil moisture, sea surface / river salinity)

 

Active L-Band microwave SAR, InSAR

(for high-res soil moisture, salinity, vegetation)

GROUND-BASED

 

GPS Basestation

 

Spectrometer ASD

 

10m high mobile Flux Tower

Riegl VZ400i Terrestrial Lidar (collaboration with MAXIM Foundation)

 

WHO WE ARE

CONTACT US

OUR MAIN SPONSORS

Hackett Foundation Adelaide

Maxim Foundation, Lockhart River

Australian Research Council

Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund

Joyce and Don Schultz

Flinders University

For information:

info@airborneresearch.org.au

Director:      Andrew J. McGrath

Chief Scientist:   Jorg M. Hacker

LINKS  & THINGS

ARA is a member of:

   EUFAR

European Facility for

Airborne Research

 

  NAERS

Network of Airborne Environmental Research Scientists

Airborne Research Australia

ABN 60 604 313 484

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... probing the environment using the least intrusive
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