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May 2008 edition

UAV flies successfully in arctic circle

The University of Bergen in Norway has flown an autonomous unmanned air vehicle equipped with meteorological sensors over Spitzbergen island in the arctic circle.

The UAV flew in temperatures of -20 degrees centigrade, winds up to 54km/h and at an altitude of 4,900 ft. It was used to collect environmental data on temperature, humidity, pressure and wind. A pilot launched and landed the aircraft using remote control but above 1,600 ft the aircraft had to operate autonomously.

The Multiplex Funjet UAV was modified with electronics for open-source Paparazzi autopilot software by the Geophysical Institute of the University of Bergen, in partnership with Germany-based Martin Mueller Engineering. ....

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