The RMCP in Nova Scotia have recently procured Draganflyer X4-ES sUAS systems to add to their toolkit. The RCMP intends to utilize the Draganflyers for many applications including traffic reconstruction situations, search and rescue, emergency response team calls and major crime investigations.
Nova Scotia RCMP have already put the Draganflyer to use, gathering evidence after a highway crash in near Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. The data will allow for better evidence presentation in court.
Saskatchewan RCMP announced that they would reopen the cold case of Courtney Struble, the 13 year old Estevan girl who went missing in 2004, and is believed to have been murdered.
The RCMP intends to use new technologies that were not available at the time, such as the Draganflyer X4-ES UAV, to search areas around Estevan in hopes of locating the body, in order to give the family closure.
Draganfly Innovations’ line of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) continue to make the press continually, as the range of applications for use increases. In the July/August 2014 issue of Canadian Aviator Magazine, the Draganflyer X4-ES is featured in two articles outlines how the Draganflyer UAVs are being used in the Public Safety And Agricultural sectors.
Public Safety applications are not the only use for unmanned systems, as 75 percent of future use in civilian airspace is expected to involve agriculture. The Draganflyer X4-ES could help farmers by using images taken from above, offering still photography, video, infrared, and multispectral payloads which will help analyze heat, nutients or water content of their crops.
Draganfly Innovations has donated a Draganflyer X6 small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) to the Canadian National Aviation Museum in Ottawa. The Draganflyer X6 has been officially recognized as a historic aviation artifact as the first commercial UAV to enter full-time service in Canadian Civil Airspace.
The Draganflyer X6 was the 1st commercial UAV system to receive federal approval to enter a full-time role in civilian airspace in North America. This was accomplished in January 2009.
That same month, the Draganflyer X6 successfully completed its 1st operational mission.
In March of that same year, the Draganflyer X6 became the 1st UAV to successfully complete an operational mission in an urban environment in Kenora, Ontario.
Every time the Draganflyer X6 flew in the 1st year of service, it essentially set an aviation first for a UAV operating in civilian airspace:
1st tactical assist deployment, providing valuable situational awareness to aid in public and officer safety.
Assisting with search of isolated areas for missing persons.
Assisting with the Coroner Death investigations.
A world 1st was achieved with deployment at a crash scene involving hazardous materials. HAZMAT team was provided area situational awareness to help determine potential area of contamination. This accident took place on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Please visit the “Techno Zone: Eye in the Sky” exhibit at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum to see the Draganflyer X6.
About Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is Canada’s national aviation history museum. The museum is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, at the Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport.