After six years of work, Carleton engineering students are rolling out a prototype unmanned aerial vehicle Friday.
More than 150 students have contributed to the design and manufacture of this aircraft, which will be flown for the first time later this year in Arnprior.
The craft, which is four feet high with a 16-foot wingspan weighing approximately 200 pounds, is made from composite materials and optimized for geophysical use.
In addition to environmental mapping and mineral exploration, unmanned aircraft systems are also used in military applications around the world.
Carleton is the only university in Canada where students are building this kind of system from the ground up.