Ship relies on drone to navigate through ice blocks in Arctic waters

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WASHINGTON — Even in one of the world’s most desolate areas, gridlock is still a problem.

A ship on a mission in the Arctic Circle found itself surrounded by blocks of ice this summer. So the ship’s crew launched an autonomous drone for a bird’s eye view of its situation. Rather than attempting to steer through a maze of ice chunks without knowing what lay ahead, the ship’s captain had live footage from the drone to guide it through the most treacherous passages.