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https://fcw.com/articles/2017/08/21/oliktok-arctic-drones-rockwell.aspx(Photo courtesy NOAA) Arctic tests that paired drones and weather balloons could help improve data collection and provide a model for agencies looking to operate unmanned aerial systems in extreme climates. The test site is a 700-mile-long, 40-mile-wide stretch of airspace from Oliktok Point – the northernmost point of Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay. The tests, according to the lab, are not only important in developing more accurate methods of collecting weather information, they’re also essential in getting data on operating drones in extreme climates, which has implications for the technology’s use in national security applications in the same region. Drones and weather balloons team up in Arctic tests — FCW

 

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