NOAA Uncrewed Systems
Research Transition Office

Research Areas

Evaluate observing strategies

Address critical data gaps

Facilitate USRTO application

Evaluate ship-launched USRTO technology and infrastructure

Develop extended visual line of sight operations

Analyze the value of high-altitude observations

Develop USRTO CONOPS for conducting pinniped surveys in remote regions

USRTO Program Mission

To facilitate USRTO applications and utilization

Accelerate transition of USRTO capabilities from research to operations

Provide expertise and resources for USRTO research and development

Two-minute video of the launch, flight and recovery of OAR/NOAA's High-altitude Operational Return Uncrewed System (HORUS) glider.  HORUS is a high-altitude platform custom-developed by OAR/NOAA's Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) with funding from OMAO Uncrewed Operation Center (UxSOC) and supported by the OAR Uncrewed Systems Research and Transition Office (UxSRTO) for high-altitude atmospheric observing from the stratosphere to the ground. The HORUS was developed around OAR/NOAA/GML's AirCore Atmospheric Sampling System. For more information, see article.  "Video produced by NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center"