Arguably some of the most sophisticated ‘robots’ around today (and certainly the most expensive) are the US military Global Hawk Unmanned Ariel Vehicles.

It seems that Northrop Grumman who make them have teamed up with NASA to turn their robot air warrior into an environmental monitoring system.

From their press release:

The NASA Global Hawk’s initial Earth science mission will be Global Hawk Pacific 2009, or GLOPAC. This campaign will consist of six long-duration missions over the Pacific and Arctic regions in the late spring and early summer of 2009. Twelve NASA and NOAA scientific instruments integrated into one of the NASA Global Hawk aircraft will collect atmospheric data while flying through the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere.

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