NOVEMBER 10 – Latitude Engineering recently worked with Schmidt Ocean Institute on their research vessel, Falkor which has been sailing from Darwin in Northern Australia to the Island of Guam in the Western Pacific. The group has been utilizing Latitude’s HQ-60B airframe to study the sea-surface microlayer. After equipping the UAV with a payload suite including Hyper Spectral Cameras capable of recording 322 separate color wavelengths, Latitude flew 15 flights capturing over 27 hours’ worth of data. The data will be correlated with other samples and observations taken by other scientists during the voyage in order to give scientists a window into surface conditions in water that is calmer and exhibits less mixing in the subsurface layers. In addition, of course the team had a lot of opportunity to test the HQ-60’s capabilities in take-off from and landing on a ship in open ocean. The mission was a success from both data collection and flight-testing perspectives.
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