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Development and Operational Experiences of UAVs for Scientific Research in Antarctica

S. Higashino


Several models of UAVs have been developing for scientific missions such as aerial geomagnetic survey, meteorological observation, and ground observation instead of manned airplanes especially in Antarctica. The UAV fleet is divided into three groups, i.e. a small UAV for low-altitude, relatively large UAVs for mid-altitude, and a small glider UAV for high-altitude. Several results, operational experiences of the UAVs, lessons learned including the operations in Antarctica, several problems to be solved are reported in this paper.

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