Prior to its scheduled launch in 2018, the ArcticShark unmanned aerial system (UAS) will undergo flight testing at Pendleton UAS Test Range, the company said.
The ArcticShark is designed to collect the world´s most sophisticated atmospheric data in the Arctic. It is to be owned by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and managed by the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, a DOE national scientific user facility. It will eventually be equipped with more than a dozen different instruments designed to record sophisticated measurements about Earth´s atmosphere and thus help scientists better understand one of the most sensitive regions of the planet.
With a wingspan of 22 feet and a gross takeoff weight of 625 pounds, the ArcticShark can fly up to 15,000 feet and has a maximum speed of 75 miles per hour. Flight testing and pilot training of the ArcticShark at Pendleton is expected to take place almost daily from Feb. 27 through March 17. The UAS is scheduled to begin field research in Alaska starting in 2018.
Pendleton UAS Test Range (PUR) is an FAA-Designated Test Range, offering turn-key UAS flight test support, excellent weather, diverse testing environments, and superb logistical support for commercial drone developers, educational institutions, and public agencies.