The University of Victoria’s Centre for Aerospace Research is to receive $671,500 in funding from the federal government, according to this report. The centre, located near Victoria International Airport, will research and develop unmanned air vehicle technology (that’s drones to you and me) with the intention of making the technology available for commercial use.
Unmanned aircraft can be used by farmers to check on their crops but they can also be used to monitor forest fires, isolated coast lines, ports, borders, avalanche areas, endangered wildlife environment and pipelines.
UAVs can fly up to 30 hours with a high-resolution camera attached to the undercarriage and follow a preprogrammed route.
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