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Published April 20, 2011, 09:50 PM

UND's Unmanned Aircraft Offers 'Eagle' Eye View of Flooded Oslo Area

UND provided an eye in the sky over Oslo, MN, Wednesday. UND Aerospace tested an unmanned aircraft over the flooded area. The UND UAS program launched its ScanEagle aircraft to test new technologies and at the same time take pictures of the flood.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

UND provided an eye in the sky over Oslo, MN, Wednesday. UND Aerospace tested an unmanned aircraft over the flooded area.

The UND UAS program launched its ScanEagle aircraft to test new technologies and at the same time take pictures of the flood.

After a few hours of set up and testing, the unmanned aircraft was ready for launch. UND's Unmanned Aircraft System mission today is to test new technologies.

Wednesday's flight was also a chance to show off how the aircraft can be launched without a runway and its ability to take video pictures.

The town of Olso was the focus. Information collected can be used by local officials to fight a flood and can also save some wear and tear on the pilots.

When it's time to land, no run way is needed. Using precise GPS, the plane's wing comes in and hits a string on what is called a sky hook. It catches the plane, whirling it around to a stop.

With just two gallons of gas it can fly for 20 hours. Wednesday's mission was planned for just a few hours but some rain showers cut that down to about a half hour.

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