The U.S. market is hankering for workhorse drones, Budreski says, “to do anything that’s dull, dirty, distant or dangerous.”
An industrial site in New York state, photographed last summer by an AirShark drone. (Photo: Courtesy AirShark)
Consider bridge inspections. Or orchard fly-overs. Or close-ups of a vulnerable transmission line. Or search and rescue forays over rough terrain.
Or any of the spectacular bird’s-eye views that animate YouTube these days.
Yet AirShark — along with a burgeoning number of would-be drone businesses — remain mostly earthbound.
What’s the hang-up?
In a word: Regulations.