New drone director at Norut

New drone director at Norut

January 10, 2018
Head of Communication

Rune Storvold has been appointed as Research Director for Norut’s activity associated with drones.

Rune Storvold (49) comes from the position of Senior Research Scientist at Norut. Since 2005, he has played a central role in the development of research activities involving unmanned aerial systems (UAS) used for environmental monitoring and data collection.

- He was a natural choice to head the new department when the Norut Group recently established a separate drone department, says Norut CEO Ivan C. Burkow.

Norut, which is the first company in the world to have flown drones in both the Arctic and Antarctic, specializes in the development of control and sensor systems, remote sensing and environmental monitoring in cold climates.

Norut currently operates everything from small multirotors to small petrol-powered aircraft with a range of up to 2,000 km. New projects in which Norut is involved utilise both larger fixed-wing aircraft and multirotors with good load capacity.

Rune Storvold has been a major driving force of this development at Norut. He is educated as an atmospheric physicist and holds a PhD from the University of Fairbanks in Alaska. In addition to being Research Director at Norut, he is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU.

Storvold is also the Director of the Arctic Centre for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, a partnership between Norut, Lufttransport and UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The centre has its own hangar and offices in Ny-Ålesund, which are used for international research projects based in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

Rune Storvold is Co-Chair of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) Expert Group for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). The group is working to achieve increased access to Arctic airspace for emergency preparedness and scientific data collection.

Storvold has been on the board of UAS Norway since its inception in 2008. He is also in demand as a lecturer and expert in the field of advanced use of drones as a platform for civil operations.

Norut’s drone department currently has 13 employees spread across offices in Tromsø, Bodø and Setermoen. In sum 20 of Norut's employees are involved in activities using drones as a platform for operations. 

Read more about Norut's research on Remote sensing, satellites and drones.