A Northrop Grumman-made unmanned aerial vehicle has been used by NASA for a 21-hour mission to gather topographic and environmental data on Canada’s Arctic.
NASA, Northrop and Canadian research organizations worked together to fly the company’s Global Hawk drone and track changes in the Arctic ice cap, Northrop said Thursday.
Northrop’s Global Hawk is designed with a synthetic aperture camera and a high-resolution camera intended to provide visual information for scientists to study climate.
“Flying high and long missions with advanced scientific equipment over the Arctic provides scientists with real data to better understand the changes that are affecting our world,” said Janis Pamiljans, Northrop sector vice president and general manager of unmanned systems.
The research comes after Northrop and NASA renewed their Space Act Agreement to continue using the Global Hawk for joint scientific missions and flight tests.
NASA has also used the UAV to study the atmosphere and hurricane formations.