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Visiting Professor To Discuss Remote Robotic Aircraft at NMSU

LAS CRUCES - A visiting professor will discuss how robotic surveillance aircraft could be used for climate research and environmental monitoring during lectures Oct. 26 at New Mexico State University.

Judith Curry, professor in the department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder, will discuss the possible urban and environmental applications of remote robotic aircraft in Jett Hall, Room 283, with a technical lecture from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and a general informative lecture at 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

"Remote robotic aircrafts have been used in Kosovo, and are being used now over Afghanistan for surveillance, " Curry said. "But people weren't looking at the civil and environmental applications of this type of craft. It can aid in collecting environmental data and has the potential for urban land use."

As part of the Lowenstein Lecture Series by NMSU's Agronomy and Horticulture department, Curry's presentation will focus on using the civil and environmental applications of the Aerosonde, a small aircraft that has been developed for long-range environmental monitoring and surveillance, and conducts meteorological and environmental reconnaissance over oceanic and remote areas. With the Aerosonde's capacity for precise navigation anywhere on the globe and timely communication of data, Curry said the economy and flexibility of the small craft will allow for more wide-scale use.

She will also discuss the miniaturization of remote robotic aircrafts and Federal Aviation Administration regulations on robotic surveillance aircrafts.

Curry's research focuses on satellite remote sensing of water vapor, clouds, and precipitation, as well as polar clouds and radiation, air-sea interactions in the tropics and climate feedback.
The Lowenstein Lecture Series, sponsored by the Bonnie and Bernard Lowenstein Endowment, promotes interest and knowledge in the fields of horticulture and plant sciences by bringing renowned scientists in agriculture, horticulture, genetics and environmental science to NMSU.