High-tech drones have entered the modern lexicon. Hobbyists are playing with small toy versions. Pilots are complaining about them entering their airspace, putting commercial jets at risk. Even e-commerce giant Amazon is trying to figure out how to use drones to make deliveries.
But the drones, made by Aeryon Labs Inc. in a small facility in north Waterloo, are the high-end version used by military, companies and police forces, with the aim of being easy to use, with simple training.
With a price tag ranging from $65,000 up to $120,000, depending on the bells and whistles, they are considered critical equipment for investigators, researchers and soldiers alike.