When it comes to the environment, some see technology as part of the problem.

We see it as part of the solution.

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In 2017, Northrop Grumman and San Diego Zoo Global planned a research mission to map Arctic sea ice formations in hopes of learning more about the polar bear’s dynamic and declining habitat. A custom UAS (unmanned aircraft system) vehicle was designed and built to collect fine-scale data for conservation research.

Wildlife Challenge

What started as a weekend Hack-A-Thon brought about a collaborative conservation effort. Northrop Grumman’s Wildlife Challenge competition had one goal in mind: find a new way to map Arctic sea ice formations for researchers at San Diego Zoo Global, without disturbing polar bears or their natural habitat. Several teams of engineers rose to the challenge to see how they could help impact the future of scientific research.

With harsh winds, extreme temperatures and remote locations to deal with, the engineers banded together, delivering a new tool in the field of environmental conservation.

For more information about Northrop Grumman’s autonomous technologies, check out our Autonomous Systems page.