Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone passes its first arctic test and is poised to revolutionize the way researchers study our changing planet.
Every summer, Ole Liodden makes the journey to 80 degrees North latitude at the edge of the polar ice to study the polar bear population. Knowing where the polar bears are, how many there are, and where they are heading, enables researchers like Liodden to track... changes and further preservation efforts.
This year, the Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone with its unique capabilities was used to track the bears. While the drone is commonly used for mapping and surveying, tracking wildlife is a new and exciting use case. Drones allow for more and immediate access, are quick to deploy, and can see what the human eye cannot.
The Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone had never been tested in conditions as severe as the arctic. The mission was a serious challenge with serious potential.
The sea ice is breaking up earlier every year making research more challenging, and making it very difficult to monitor and document the polar bears. Ole Liodden knows this better than anyone. "What we need now is new tools," says Liodden, "to help the researchers get ahead of these challenges. That's where the drones come in."