How Drone Capability Continues to Expand Even in a Pandemic

At the height of the worldwide lockdowns, commercial drones displayed their capability to save lives, indispensable technological tools in the fight against the raging COVID-19.

Just look at some of the contributions of drones during the past few months. Read Top Uses of Drones in the Time of Covid-19 Pandemic and 5 Drone Companies in the Fight Against Covid-19

With the world slowly opening up again, drone experts in some parts of the world are relentless in their efforts to expand the capability of these unmanned aerial vehicles, once solely the domain of military warfare.

A recent news reported that over in New South Wales, the government has finished an initiative designed to lessen the occurrence of shark bites, said to be rising in number since 2015. According to the news, “Among the various technology trials, drones were investigated for their potential to scan the surf for sharks and keep beach-goers safe. Increasingly, lifeguards are now operating drones.”  The report continues to say this has received a warm response from the public because it not only protects humans but helps keep sharks safe too.—Read the full story here.

In the land of koalas, drones can now be used to detect the number of koalas in a given area. A report by the Science Daily says that:

Researchers have published an improved and innovative method for estimating the number of koalas in an area detected by using drones and an artificial intelligent algorithm as they continue the quest of identifying surviving koala populations in bushfire areas. – Read full story.

In the United States, drone pilots are supposed not to lose sight of their drones while flying them. However, in Canada, one drone company is moving the needle forward by flying drones beyond visual line of sight, or BVLOS, courtesy of a certificate to operate such.

An Okotoks-based drone company is now able to take the next step in unmanned aviation. In-Flight Data recently received a one-year certificate from Transport Canada to operate drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) for the purposes of public safety. This allows drones to fly longer distances without pilots constantly being within sight of the aircraft. Read more here.

Meanwhile, Reuters recently reported about the banning of drones from being flown near Portland, Oregon’s federal buildings. See the full report here.


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