Drones Are Flying High In 2016 Blog Post Image

Posted Jan 5, 2016 by nomthi

Drones are flying high in 2016

2015 was a great year for the drone industry in South Africa and in the rest of the world. Regulatory bodies around the world initiated processes and tests to finalise legislation around the commercial use of drones.

Amongst the first countries to adapt, South Africa regulated and implemented legislation surrounding the commercial use of drones and RocketMine became the first in the Mining industry to receive their commercial operating license.

RocketMine pilots were also in the top 10 of the first pilots to be issued with their remote pilot licenses.

Drones, around the world, have been used for many other applications that include:

  • Inspecting power grids
  • Delivering of goods that were approved by the FAA
  • Monitoring killer whales
  • Rio lifeguards now using drones with life preservers to prevent drowning
  • Marketing property through the usage of drones


Where does RocketMine view the drone industry going in 2016? We recently read up on a where CEO and founder of Sensefly, Jean- Christophe Zuffrey commented about 2016 and the drone industry. “2016 will be the year that sensor technology comes of age. This means drones will be better equipped to detect and avoid objects, and fly safely within close proximity of structures. Proving this improved safety will be vital to increasing public acceptance of drones. In turn, regulatory bodies will be in a better position to consider more flexible rules regarding drone use, which will benefit businesses both large and small. From retailers such as Amazon, wanting to bring drone delivery to the masses, through to precision farmers, who are increasingly using drones to monitor the health of their crops from above, this enhanced safety will bring us one step closer to realising the full potential of the technology.”

RocketMine definitely agrees with Zuffrey.

With a range of services available today, RocketMine is here to explore them all.

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