The UAS, as an inexpensive airborne instrument platform, opens new possibilities within research, resource management and environmental surveillance.

The Platform
The airframe is designed to fulfill our requirements for a low cost platform, with long endurance, moderate payload capacity and capability to operate without a runway. The airframe is equipped with an autopilot with satellite communication link. An onboard computer controls the payload and stores the data from different sensors and instruments. The payload computer utilize a GSM/GPRS (where available) or independent satellite downlink, and key personnel can monitor the UAS position and payload status from anywhere in the world connected to the internet.

A wide variety of payload instruments are available for the platform, whereas others are in planning.

  • Hyperspectral imager
  • Radar sounder
  • Meteorological sensor package
  • Turbulence flux sensor
  • Bidirectional spectrometer for albedo measurements
  • Laser scanner
  • Pyrometer
  • Laser distance ranger
  • High precision GPS receiver
  • Cameras

A Multitude of Missions
The UAS can collect data from dangerous or remote areas, such as the poles, oceans and wildfires.

Possible applications are:

  • Mapping of snow cover and snow water equivalent
  • Resource management
    – grazing load
    – population estimates of seals, reindeers, polar bears, …
  • Detection and surveillance of algae blooms
  • Atmospheric data for weather forecasting
  • Surveillance of offshore oil and shipping activities
  • Natural disaster management
  • Research within a number of fields
  • Satellite validation and testing