“Here are my activities in the last few days aboard Nanuq:
-Securing the UAV during topography and flora censuses
-Mapping the flora on a given perimeter
-Drone fishing doesn’t always bite! The magnetic pole might make its head spin. I’m here in back up, ready to wind the red nylon thread that connects us…(*)
-Ensure the shuttles between the boat and the land by the tender. A small leak, an engine sensitive to the cold, a team alien to the bear… Non-existent harbours, anchorage is a must! So we have to relearn the art of touching land.
-Pilot the dinghy during probe measurements. The fjords are home to a lot of elements and make taking measurements complex. A biting cold, humidity through all ordeals, the sea current, drifting icebergs, the visiting bear, a capricious engine, data to collect…”
(*) The drone is tethered to ensure that it does not fly-away in case of malfunctions to its magnetometer. Such problems may affect drones of that type at high latitudes, from time to time.