First UAV Flight in East Antarctica
HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE– Andreas Tollefsen of Norut (Northern Research Institute) in Norway, was in charge of flying the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) we had along with us on the traverse. The UAV carried a payload of several instruments, a radar and camera, that we used to help image a large area surrounding our traverse route. Flying the UAV is tricky up on the plateau, the high altitude, strong winds, and cold temperatures make almost everything difficult. But Andreas did have the first UAV flight in East Antarctica, not a small feat, and we all got the thrill of watching it.
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