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IT180 UAV adapted for polar region

6th June 2016 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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ECA Group has adapted its IT180 UAV for operations in polar regions based on the requirements of France's Laboratory of Glaciology and Geophysics of Environment (LGGE), the company announced on 2 June.

ECA Group worked with the French National Centre for Scientific Research on the new capabilities, while maintaining the performance characteristics of the IT180.

The IT180 UAV for the LGGE can be operated in harsh polar weather conditions - temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius and in wind gusts of up to 60km/h.

The autopilot system of the UAV has also been upgraded to enable autonomous flight mode without a magnetic heading, as there is no compass available over the pole area.

The IT180 has been successfully tested in high altitudes over the French Alps with the LGGE.

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