UM launches Helicopter Observation Platform (HOP)


RSMAS has officially launched the Helicopter Observation Platform (HOP), which is a platform centered around an Airbus Helicopters H125 helicopter. The helicopter was custom built for research needs and has the ability to be customized with a range of sensors and equipment depending on the mission.   The unique aspects of this aircraft give unprecedented ability to hover and fly close to ocean surface where it can collect a variety of data related to atmospheric processes.  In addition, it will be a valuable tool for use in Exploration Science for surveying remote areas, getting aerial perspectives on field sites and covering large areas efficiently.  For more information, please click here.