James Sheppard of the San Diego Zoo, top, consults a laptop computer during unmanned aircraft flight tests in late October. Northrop Grumman employees were asked to build an autonomous aircraft that could collect data on polar bears and their Arctic environment. Researchers will be looking for the wild cousins of the bear seen at the San Diego Zoo, below right. Photos courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corp.

James Sheppard of the San Diego Zoo, top, consults a laptop computer during unmanned aircraft flight tests in late October. Northrop Grumman employees were asked to build an autonomous aircraft that could collect data on polar bears and their Arctic environment. Researchers will be looking for the wild cousins of the bear seen at the San Diego Zoo, below right. Photos courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corp.

— For short stints this summer and fall, engineers at Northrop Grumman Corp...

Take 1 minute to subscribe and you'll get this story immediately, plus:

Already a subscriber? Sign in

  • 52 weekly issues
  • Subscriber-only digital content every business day, plus full access to SDBJ.com archives
  • Book of Lists — the most comprehensive business resource in San Diego
  • San Diego 500 — influential business leaders you need to know
Yours for only $99