Drones are transforming our interaction with the oceans

6th June 2018
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Drones are transforming our interaction with the oceans

For millennia human interaction with the world’s oceans has been one of great contrast. You have on one hand, the relationship has been built on reliance, with great dependence placed on these waters for food and commerce. However, on the other, interaction has been defined by mystery and intrigue, with as much as 95% of the world's oceans and 99% of the ocean floor remaining unexplored according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Drone technology now has the power to change human interaction with the oceans forever, revolutionising exploration, conservation, fishing and security to secure the fruits of the oceans for generations to come. 

In testament to the awesome power of the oceans as the lifeblood of the planet, World Oceans Day (Friday 8th June) celebrates the world’s waters and seeks to raise awareness of the negative human impact upon them. Much has been made of the upsurge in plastic pollution that is threatening the most fragile of ecosystems, with drones leading the fight against this scourge.

Commenting on the transformative impact of drones for the world’s oceans, Robert Garbett, CEO of Drone Major Group, said: “As the World focusses on the importance of caring for our oceans, like opening a can of worms, we are faced with an increasing number of problems to solve.  How much plastic is in the ocean?  Where is it?  What effect is it having on the animals living in the sea and how deep does the issue go?  Past attempts to answer these questions have proved difficult at best.  Fortunately, we are now living in a time when drone technology has evolved to a point where it can really help.

What many will not realise is that there is a new wave of drone systems emerging which are able to operate across different environments from ground vehicles that can fly to aircraft which can dive into the sea, monitor and inspect underwater and then punch out of the water to become airborne again.  Indeed, Drone Major has discovered systems which are integrated long range and long endurance surface (marine), underwater and air drone systems combined which can be upscaled significantly to include surface oil and plastic cleaning tools.

The emergence of such concepts and the advancement of autonomous systems across all environments (surface, underwater, air & space) has led to a new definition for a ‘drone’ incorporating ‘any vehicle, ship, aircraft or hybrid system which is autonomously or remotely controlled’ and the birth of the 'hybrid drone'. 

It is hybrid drone systems which could enable environmental agencies to tackle some of the seemingly impossible problems associated with mapping and managing the man made problems in our oceans and this is just the start.  The evolution of technology in the drone industry is now gathering pace to answer the calls for solutions to complex problems such as those which exist across the vastness of the world’s oceans.”

Positioned at the forefront of the burgeoning global drone industry, Drone Major Group is the world’s first global commercial organisation dedicated to connecting, supporting and trading with all stakeholders in the drone industry at every level and across every environment (surface, underwater, air and space).

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