Shark-spotting drone could prevent attacks

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There were 14 shark attacks last year in New South Wales, Australia, so it is no surprise that the state’s government is keen to find new strategies to protect its citizens. One such strategy is the Little Ripper, a remote controlled drone modeled after a helicopter that can monitor the coastline for sharks and drop a rescue payload to those in trouble. The Little Ripper is a USD 250,000 UAV being developed by Australian company Skyline, using the military grade Vapor 55 drone. The device, which can cruise for up to an hour, has a high-tech camera onboard that can…

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