Global Archer

This project focuses on conducting research, monitoring and surveillance through unmanned aerial systems in the Arctic.

DTU and the other project partners work towards the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, in order to conduct science and operational flights in the Arctic.

The project will focus on using High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) UAVs to explore the state of the sea ice, conduct maritime surveillance and ice patrol, and study Arctic weather and extreme events.

In 2019, a series of test flights are scheduled to be conducted using NASA’s HALE UAV Global Hawk. The flights will focus on:

  • Maritime Surveillance
  • Environmental monitoring and navigational aid (sea ice, weather)
  • Surveys
  • Communications link

Duration of the project

Through 2019 with possible extension to 2021.

Participating DTU departments

DTU Space

Project partners

  • NASA
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Transport Canada
  • Environment Canada
  • Danish Defence Center for Operational Oceanography 


Michael Linden-Vørnle
Astrophysicist and Chief Adviser
DTU Space
+45 45 25 97 61