Five questions with Sterling Cripps, whose focus is safe drone operation

Five questions with Sterling Cripps, whose focus is safe drone operation

A young Calgary man was charged this month after allegedly flying a drone too close to the airport. It’s the kind of thing that worries Medicine Hat’s Sterling Cripps, 54, whose company, Canadian Unmanned Inc., trains commercial and government users, along with municipal police, on how to legally and safely operate drones. As the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in real estate, mining, oil and gas, agriculture and environmental […]

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Meet the drone that already delivers your packages

Meet the drone that already delivers your packages

There’s been a lot of talk about package delivery via flying drones. While this is an interesting vision of the future, current economics make this an unlikely substitute for base-load ground delivery for the next 5–10 years. Flying delivery drones can make a compelling marketing tool or ultra-premium feature, but their current hype doesn’t mesh with immediate reality. Meanwhile, the robotic systems powering warehouse distribution centers are an engineering marvel […]

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SmartPlanes drones supporting WWF in their efforts to stop poaching

SmartPlanes drones supporting WWF in their efforts to stop poaching

WWF in Tanzania has started using small UAVs in the fight against the poaching of elephants and rhinos. Contributions from WWF Sweden has made it possible to train rangers in Selous to fly nature conservation drones in their fight to combat the poaching of elephants. Selous has been hard hit by poachers bringing the number of elephants down from 70,000 to 13,000 between 2005 and 2013. The number of rhinos […]

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