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Watch a drone from Washington’s Aerovel fly over Arctic sea ice in mission to guide fleet of ships

A Flexrotor drone is shown landing on the deck of a ship during a mission in the Arctic. (Photos courtesy of Fairweather Science, LLC.’s 2016 Arctic Program and Jake Weber, Precision Integrated)

Navigating Arctic sea ice and fog can be a daunting prospect for even the most seasoned ship crews. But long-range imaging reconnaissance provided by an unmanned aircraft from Washington’s Aerovel Corp. turned one recent expedition into a demonstration of all that is possible with drone technology.

A workboat fleet was sent out this summer north of Alaska to retrieve massive anchors from mooring sites spread across the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. On board the lead ship was a Flexrotor, a small craft that would serve as a guide for the joint mission by Aerovel, Precision Integrated and Fairweather Science.

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