Current Missions

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Whale Observation in Gaspe Bay, Canada

ACUASI operates a variety of UAS ranging from small racing drones used in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM II) outreach to a 300 lb, 16 ft wingspan, twin engine UAS (a Griffon Aerospace Outlaw SeaHunter) being used to assist Transport Canada in developing their concept of operations for operating UAS off of remote airports in the Canadian Arctic. ACUASI flies their UAS for diverse missions including aircraft Test and Evaluation, Detect and Avoid (DAA) system testing, command and control link testing, UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system testing, NAS integration at airports, high altitude (92,000’) launches, cargo delivery, critical infrastructure monitoring, marine and land mammal surveys, sea ice modeling, atmospheric sampling, wildfire surveillance, tidewater glacier mapping, and numerous other operations. The team has flown true Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations using satellite command and control over the Arctic Ocean and in Canada, and also flew the BVLOS mission in the National Airspace without having visual obeservers. The UAF SeaHunter also has operated legally as an Instrument Flight Rules aircraft under Instrument Meteorological Conditions under Air Traffic Control in Canada. The team understands operating in remote and harsh conditions, particularly cold weather.

Denali Dinosaur Tracks

In July 2019 ACUASI was asked to support the Museum of the North and Director Patrick Drunkenmiller with traveling to Denali National Park and map a series of dinosaur tracks that had been revealed by erosion. The mission was a success, the team traveled overland on foot to the remote location and sucessfully mapped a series of tracks. 

Measuring sea ice thickness in the Arctic Ocean

This mission was focused on supporting the Office of Naval Research’s Stratified Ocean Dynamics of the Arctic (SODA) experiment by mapping sea ice and collecting meteorological measurements.

Mapping Aialik Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park

The National Park Service contracted ACUASI to fly over Aialik Glacier, map it, and create a 3D model. This model is currently in the Kenai Fjords National Park Visitors Center.