From rescue work to construction, next generation of drones creating new opportunities

Claes Drougge hopes Thunderwasp and the Sea Drone will be able to tackle difficult emergency situations. (Simon Linter/Radio Sweden)
Once expensive toys, the latest breed of unmanned drones are being developed to help businesses grow or even save people’s lives.

At a recent conference in Linköping, many drone manufactures say the pilot-less machines can be used to reach difficult places that people cannot, and tackle tricky situations not just in the air but in the sea.

And government officials says certain laws will need to change to allow short term and long term projects more flexibility when it comes to flying drones.

Karl Ericsson says workers don’t need to be sent into dangerous situations anymore. (Simon Linter/Radio Sweden)
Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Canada is testing drones for Arctic surveillance, Radio Canada International

Finland: Drone with smuggled cigarettes found on Finland-Russia frontier, Yle News

Norway: Could drones help prevent polar bear attacks on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard?, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Eagle attacks military drone, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Allow Swedish military to shoot down drones, says report, Radio Sweden

United States: Move over mushers and planes, drones to deliver emergency supplies in Alaska, Alaska Public Media

Simon Linter, Radio Sweden

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