Researchers testing remote weather reconnaissance plane at Barrow

Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Researchers from the University of Colorado are returning to Barrow to test a miniature robot plane they hope will be used for long-distance unmanned reconnaissance flights into the Arctic.

The Aerosonde Robotic Aircraft has been in the works for nearly a decade. Developers describe it as a tool that could improve weather forecasting by providing environmental observations from remote points on the planet.

The Barrow tests are a follow-up to flights conducted in northern Alaska in 1999 and 2000. The tests are part of a long-range plan to develop a base for the planes so they can be deployed and monitored on Arctic flights well away from commercial flight lanes.

The planes are equipped with digital cameras and weather instruments.



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