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NOAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Supports Arctic Shield 2014

August 29, 2014

As Arctic ice recedes and maritime activity increases, NOAA, the Coast Guard, and the Navy must be able to adequately perform its missions off the coast of Alaska. This environment presents unique challenges to the maritime services and over the last two years, the USCG's Research and Development Center (RDC) has tested methods to overcome these challenges and made them the focus of the annual Arctic Shield Exercise. 

The RDC will be flying Puma AE unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), owned and operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to demonstrate flight deck landings of UAS onboard CGC (Icebreaker) HEALY and support other operations/exercises as part of Arctic Shield 2014 during August/September 2014.

Arctic Shield 2014 will be the RDC’s second trip with NOAA and the Puma AE onboard CGC HEALY. Last year, Puma AE flew as part of a joint technology demonstration in the Beaufort and Chukchi Sea. Due to that project’s success, the Puma AE will be deployed this year for another Oil in Ice Exercise. The Puma AE will again be used to search, detect, and map the icefloe from the air, capturing information about ice conditions, movements, and simulating oil spill locations, which is vital to the success of the exercise.

Contact information
Name: John J Coffey
Tel: (904) 923-1709
john.j.coffey@noaa.gov