Monday, October 4, 2010

OktoKopter to be Used to Study Climate Change in Antarctica

The OctoKopter may look somewhat like a kids toy or maybe a fancy hobbyist remote control flying thing, but it is actually going to be used for monitoring climate change. The OctoKopter has eight rotors, hence the Octo name. It is equipped with cameras and sensors. It can not only be remote controlled, but it even has auto pilot to fly to set GPS waypoints.

The OctoKopter will be used to monitor the moss beds at Casey Station to see how they are being affected by climate change. It will be able to monitor changes in temperature, wind speed, and UV-B radiation.

Check out this article for more info on the OctoKopter including a picture of it.

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