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SKYSQUIRREL TECHNOLOGIES INC.
February 7, 2014 Cap Le Moine, NS Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation
SkySquirrel Technologies Inc., a Cape Breton start-up company dedicated to the development and production of technologies to support light-weight, aerial search and rescue drones, is receiving a $200,000 provisionally repayable contribution through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC) to develop a working prototype of a generic unmanned aerial surveillance vehicle and a fully operational and tested prototype.
Three engineers with diverse international experience are working from a rural Cape Breton base to explore commercial applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as a practical and cost effective tool for search and rescue activities, surveillance and industrial inspection, and remote sensing in farming.
The company principals anticipate that the market for non-military UAVs will grow exponentially in the next five years.
UAVs have the ability to operate at altitudes and locations that are inaccessible to conventional aircraft.
The company is currently developing a small robotic rotorcraft system specifically designed to operate in difficult weather conditions, with special emphasis on search and rescue missions.
The devise looks like a small scale helicopter that can be programmed to fly independently.
It carries a video camera capable of infrared thermal imaging. SkySquirrel has a working prototype that can take-off, scan a two-square-kilometre patch, and land autonomously while sending live video to the ground operator.
A successful field trial was recently conducted with a local ground search and rescue team who were excited by the capabilities such a system offers search and rescue operations.
“Our Government recognizes that innovation is a driving force of economic development in Canada. We are committed to helping Atlantic Canada’s businesses move innovative ideas from the drawing board to the marketplace. Investments in innovation help build our country’s commercialization capacity and strengthen our economy by creating high quality jobs and generating economic prosperity.”
The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
“We believe that unmanned aircraft are the future of flight and can offer a cost-effective solution for aerial imaging, surveillance, and a wide range of other specific tasks. The funding from ECBC will allow us to design and produce innovative technology that improves the efficiency of industries and organizations dedicated to enhancing and protecting lives. We will strive to lead by setting the highest standards for quality, reliability, and safety in the industry.”
Richard van der Put, Director R&D, SkySquirrel
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a federal Crown corporation offering programs in support of commercial development, community development, environmental stewardship and real property development on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area. It is also responsible for the delivery of the programs of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in its mandate area.
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Richard van der Put