Image of the week: Scan Eagle launch sequence

This week’s Image of the Week (featured on page 3 of Flight International), is taken by AirSpace user UASman (Benjamin M. Trapnell, Associate Professor, Director UAS Technology Integration and Education at the JDO School of Aerospace Sciences).

His photo is a composite of a Insitu Scan Eagle’s launch sequence. The launch was in support of flood relief efforts in Oslo, Minnesota.  The UAV was flown by the University of North Dakota.

Ben writes: “Each spring, when the Red River thaws, the town of Oslo gets surrounded by high water, effectively preventing people from the town from leaving unless they use a boat.  Ice jams along the river make the effect more sever depending upon where the jam is and how severe it is.  The Scan Eagle was used to provide visual information to entities charged with flood monitoring/fighting efforts and to keep local law enforcement apprised of the situation.  The effort was funded through a research project sponsored by the Air Force through the Joint UAS Center of Excellence. (In support of Defense Support of Civil Authority). The gentleman launching the aircraft is Mark Hastings, the UAS Flight Lead at the University of North Dakota.

There’s more info here.

Scan Eagle

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