Canadian technology and the ‘Flight of the drones

When Libyan rebels marched on Tripoli in 2011, a Canadian drone led the way.

The unmanned aircraft, a product of a company called Aeryon Labs based in Waterloo, Ont., sliced slowly over the landscape, mapping the terrain and sending valuable tactical information to the soldiers. Six months later, a similar scene played out in perhaps the polar opposite setting, as an Aeryon craft hummed across the Bering Sea, relaying ice conditions ahead of a Russian tanker dispatched to deliver vital fuel to the town of Nome, Alaska, which had been caught off guard by an early winter.

Sigh.. me almost had one. Sense and avoid technology is critical to the next step. As it stands in Canada, even hobbyists face legal restrictions to their operation.

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