Ottawa hopes drone will help it break the ice

A drone has been flown from the Coast Guard icebreaker, George R. Pearkes in a test to see to see if it could help with  ice operations at sea.

A drone has been flown from the Coast Guard icebreaker, George R. Pearkes in a test to see to see if it could help with ice operations at sea.

Several federal departments have been testing a drone off Newfoundland fg

The Coast Guard, Transport Canada, the National Research Council and the Royal Canadian Navy were part of the team that launched the unmanned vehicle off Fogo Island.

They want to know if drones can help in icebreaking operations.

They flew the drone Wednesday from the flight deck of the icebreaker George R. Pearkes, and sent real-time ice condition data back to the ship.

Memorial University and Alaska University also participated in the trial.

From: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/03/31/ottawa-hopes-drone-will-help-it-break-the-ice.html