ArcticShark Takes to the Skies

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Pendleton, OR – ArgenTech Solutions (AgTS), a Veteran Owned Small Business headquartered in Newmarket, NH is leaving contrails in the skies of the Unmanned Aircraft industry. No rookie to the Unmanned Aircraft world, AgTS has logged 62,000+ flight hours and provided expert project support both domestically and abroad for U.S. and NATO troops, maritime vessels, academic institutions, and commercial entities alike.


AgTS continues to shape the landscape with their upcoming operations in support of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) research and development flight testing at the Pendleton Range. AgTS spent the last year working closely with the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) and the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex (PPUTRC) to obtain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight approvals and build the Concept of Operations for the newly developed ArcticShark, manufactured by Navmar Applied Science Corporation (NASC). The ArcticShark is a 640 pound aircraft (max), capable of reaching 20,000 feet MSL. The ArcticShark will be used as a tool to collect atmospheric data and advance the scientific research for the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). This new tool will advance their aviation department and Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program to study cloud formation processes and their influence on radiative transfer.

AgTS is a leader in advancing the unmanned aircraft industry and integration into the National Airspace System (NAS). AgTS established the processes, procedures and programs that brought the Pendleton UAS Range to Initial Operating Capability (IOC) during an evolving drone regulatory environment. In 2016, AgTS also provided contracted services and support for five different customers performing operations at the Pendleton Range. “We are pleased to support PNNL with their Class D operations, assisting in their test objectives as well as that of PPUTRC and the FAA,” stated Jen Armstrong, VP AgTS Commercial Services.

Keep your eyes in the sky! Flight operations, testing and training will be conducted at the Pendleton Range throughout March from the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport under visual meteorological conditions, during daylight hours. Flights will be conducted above unpopulated areas, in accordance with FAA regulations and a strict adherence to Safety Risk Management.

ArgenTech Solutions, Inc. is a Veteran owned, small business headquartered in Newmarket, New Hampshire with an alternate office in Vancouver, Washington. In addition to overseas unmanned services support for the military, ArgenTech Solutions is a multi-faceted small business that specializes in technology development and the integration of those products into the marketplace. ArgenTech Solutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer.