Frontier Scientists features University of Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Program

June 19, 2012


Aeryon Scout“The more you show the capability of these things, the more people come up with needs for them." That's what Greg Walker said in a recent piece exploring the utility of unmanned aircraft in Alaska. Walker, the manager of the University of Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Program based at Poker Flat Research Range, and other members of the program are featured in a growing series of articles, videos and images collected on a new site called Frontier Scientists. You can view the UA unmanned aircraft material here.


Frontier Scientists is a site that's dedicated to spotlighting new discoveries and technology used in the Arctic. The novel project is a growing repository of inspiring stories on University of Alaska Fairbanks research and is led by Gregory Newby, senior scientist at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, and Liz O'Connell.


To get your research included, contact Frontier Scientsts staff here.


PHOTO CAPTION/CREDIT: The UA Unmanned Aircraft Program deployed an Aeryon Scout, borrowed from research partner BP, to survey sea ice by air in January 2012 to assist an unprecedented winter fuel delivery to Nome, Alaska. The aircraft captured high-resolution images of the terrain that were then pieced together in a large mosaic. The mosaic allowed cooperating agencies to plot the safest path for a Russian icebreaker and fuel tanker to approach the Nome harbor.