Amanda was an unmanned aerial vehicle which Adil used to fly downwind of methane emission sources during his PhD at the Centre for Atmospheric Science at The University of Manchester. Amanda was an octocopter, which means that she had eight arms and eight pairs of propellers. She was able to fly for around 10 minutes either manually or using pre-programmed waypoints in the sky.
Amanda permanently carried an on-board wind sensor, a sensor to record satellite position and a sensor measuring temperature, pressure and relative humidity. She was also able to hold an air inlet, which could be connected to any sensor on the ground using a long tube, such that the inlet was placed above the plane of the propellers. This inlet positioning is important, as downwash is minimsed above the plane of the propellers.
Amanda on the ground