New Zealand Scientists Fly UAV in Antarctica

Researchers from the University of Waikato, located in New Zealand, have flown an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over one of Antarctica's dry valleys in an effort to research climate change.

Palmerston North, New Zealand-based Skycam UAV designed and built the aircraft, which operated in temperatures as low as -14 degrees C, according to an article by the Manawatu Standard.

The UAV, dubbed SwampFox, ‘mapped the levels of cyanobacteria in streams and lake edges over four weeks in January and February.’ The growth patterns of cyanobacteria are considered to be strong indicators of climate change.

Two digital cameras were installed on the UAV, including an infrared one.

Read the full Manawatu Standard article here.


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