VORTEX2 VEHICLE & STORMCHASING PROJECTS

University of Colorado

The Jonathan Merage Foundation has a standing history of partnering with the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, where it provided seed funding in 2010 to the college’s Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV) as part of the VORTEX2 project, allowing RECUV to develop a mobile ground station for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The VORTEX2 field campaign was the largest experiment ever deployed to study tornadoes. Then, in 2014, the foundation committed an additional investment to fund the procurement of a tracker vehicle and a new lightning detection instrument to be integrated into a small, unmanned aircraft. This system is being designed to measure electric field changes associated with lightning strikes.