Our Expedition

Welcome to 80° North, the front lines of climate change and the home of the polar bears. Rapidly changing environments make this terrain more challenging for researchers than ever before. The Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone was designed to battle extreme conditions and capture thermal data and photography for commercial use. Our drone team applied these same features to test a new way of studying polar bears in the arctic. This is their story.

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Meet the Intel® Falcon™ 8+ Drone

The applications of the Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone go beyond the arctic seas. Intel is leading a new era of drone solutions and expanding the potential of drones to transform business. Industries like oil and gas, construction, utilities and agriculture are using commercial drones to solve problems they never could before. Learn more about what commercial drones can do.

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Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone

The Technology Behind the Mission

The Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone’s remarkable stability, robust performance, and thermal camera can detect polar bears across the arctic with minimal risk to researchers and the animals themselves. Learn more about the tech behind our test mission.