Thursday, September 1, 2011

Canadian Mounties Test Drones for Aerial Imagery

This report from BC Local News show how the Royal Canadian Mountain Police are looking for alternatives to helicopters to gain reconnaissance when on the scene of an incident. The focus here is on the Draganflyer X6 which has six  rotors on three arm mounts that collapse for easy stowage.

Draganfly Innovations Inc. designed the unmanned drone to carry camera or video equipment for high resolution footage. The quick launch and assessment from air gives officers on the ground a fast assessment of the area, so that they can make informed decisions. This can be a useful tool for agencies without access to a helicopter at the moment or in general and at $30,000, it is far more cost effective and safe than regular helicopter flights and maintenance.

The company now has an X8 Version with eight rotors on 4 arms with a separate motor operating each pair of rotors. This is their fastest model with the largest carrying capacity for more optics options. It also only weighs in at just over 2 pounds, so these UAVs are lightweight, easy to pack away, and gives the LEO community an edge on a quick and efficient eye in the sky. 

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