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Vladivostok has developed a unique flying robot for the exploration of the Northern Sea Route

Maritime State University. Nevelsky designed a unique robot for research Arcticequipped with a special software package for tracking ice conditions Northern Sea Route, Tass reports the words of one of the developers Alexei Pertsev.

"The quadrocopter was built according to a special order and has increased resistance to low temperatures. It is capable of conducting reconnaissance and exploration of ice fields at a speed of 40 km / h, flying ahead of the vessel following along the Northern Sea Route," says Pertsev.

The robot is equipped with a set of equipment, through which electromagnetic sounding of ice thickness occurs. Then, by measuring the optical parameters, the robot determines the content of hydrocarbons in the seawater.

At the moment, the robot is being tested in the suburbs of Vladivostok. However, in a few months, it will be used to accompany the scientific expedition of the Far Eastern Floating University to the Arctic. "The complex will allow ships to choose a safe route in the ice, as well as to detect oil pollution, which is especially important when producing hydrocarbons on the Arctic shelf," Pertsev explained.

Grant support for the development amounted to 5 million rubles. It was carried out within the framework of the program of the Russian Science Foundation "Development of new research methods and robotic systems to ensure the safety of navigation, operational monitoring of sea areas and the underwater environment in the Arctic." 

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