Aerial drones put to use by Antarctic scientists


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TVNZ reporter Will Hine and camera operator Brent Walters travelled to Antarctica as part of Antarctica New Zealand's media programme this summer. 

The small drone not only takes its own pictures but lays the groundwork for satellites to do the same from space.  An area in Antarctica that resembles the Grand Canyon, the Dry Valleys is the largest ice free area on the continent and unlike most of the icy continent is brimming with life.

The Waikato University based team are monitoring the impacts of climate change and are keen to minimise the impact of their work.  By using the drone, developed in Palmerston North, to calibrate satellites they are able to remotely document the health of the area.

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