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Crowdsourcing Mornings: The Sirens Project


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

The purpose of The Sirens Project is to provide meteorologists and engineers with valuable surface data inside of tornadoes that will lead to more reliable warnings and structures. To show the immense applications that unmanned aerial vehicles posses is another aspect of this research project.  To achieve this, they will be using specially designed and equipped UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in order to probe the tornado for valuable information.  Their UAVs are coupled with a sensor package that is able to record barometric pressure, temperature, and relative humidity. Each data point will be related to a specific GPS coordiante, including elevation.

In turn, a 3-Dimensional representation of the sensor package inside the tornado will be rendered. This will allow meteorologists and engineers to essentially have access to the first MRI of a tornado.  Their UAV design is based off of a deltawing style aircraft. This will allow them to reach high speeds while maintaining necessary control in high wind environments.  A long range FPV (First Person View) system will allow them to safely deploy their sensor package from several miles away. The electronics of the sensor package are surrounded by a thick polycarbonate case, allowing for great impact resistance as well as superb electrical transmission. The sensor package acts much like the “black box” on a commercial airliner. It is designed to survive the harsh environment inside the tornado even if the UAV does not.

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As of October 13th, this project has raised around $3,800 of their $10,000 goal. This project only has 23 days left to raise the $10,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $5, you will get five incredible high resolution The Sirens Project related desktop backgrounds.  For a pledge of $40, you will get an EF-5 sized thank you from The Sirens Project, five high resolution desktop backgrounds, “Sirens Project” vinyl window sticker, project T-shirt, and their documentary film.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1517270439/the-sirens-project-uav-tornado-research

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