Drones are transforming our interaction with the oceans

11 June 2018

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With the increase in drone technology – and the diversifying scope of the industry – comes stronger potential to explore our oceans than ever before.

For millennia, human interaction with the world’s oceans has been one of great contrast. On the one hand, this relationship has been built on reliance, with great dependence placed on these waters for food and commerce.

On the other, interaction has been defined by mystery and intrigue, with as much as 95 percent of the world's oceans and 99 percent 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.

Providing testament to the power of the oceans, moreover, was World Oceans Day, which took place on Friday 8th June and celebrated the world’s waters, raising 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 focuses 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.

"It is still largely unknown 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 and space) has led to a new definition for a ‘drone’ that incorporates “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). For more information, visit: www.dronemajorgroup.com.

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