The Little Ripper Shark Spotting UAV

The little ripper shark spotting UAV could change the face of patrols and rescue searches. The shark spotting UAV is the Vapor 55 by Skyline UAV.

The military-grade, battery-powered drones, fitted with a front-mounted camera feeding live footage back to two controllers, can fly up to 100 kilometres and stay airborne for about 150 minutes, flying above beaches and the ocean to spot sharks.

Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer added: “Shark attacks have been a really emotive issue for Australians so to give people more safety and security around the beaches is very appealing.”

There were 14 shark attacks off NSW in 2015, including one fatality. There has been one attack so far in 2016.

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