Scientists from the Geophysical Institute of the University of Bergen/Norway flew Paparazzi controlled Funjet aircrafts equipped with meteorological sensors in the Arctic sea around Spitsbergen with only the help of an RC safety pilot and no Paparazzi team member nearby. They took off and landed on the helicopter deck of the Norwegian icebreaking coast guard vessel KV Svalbard for one week and set a new Paparazzi low temperature record by flying at around -20°C and 15m/s wind in altitudes up to 1500m. For another two weeks they also collected data on Spitsbergen near Longyearbyen. See pictures in the gallery and a video.
Paparazzi attended the US-Asian MAV 2008 competition taking place in Agra, India. The ENAC team won the “Best Autonomous MAV” Award.
Here is the program for the event.
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Here is an interesting presentation showing the capabilities of the Paparazzi UAV flight plan system and new Slicer micro fixed wing platform. The strengths of the distributed agent ground control station, and some history of the Paparazzi autopilot hardware. As well as more interesting capabilities and solutions in the Paparazzi UAV framework. Presentation by Pascal Brisset, M. Bronz, M. Gorraz and J. Tyler of ENAC.