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Aug. 23, 2011, Waterloo, Ont. - An aerial spy drone created by a Canadian start-up company is helping Libyan rebels in their fight against government forces.


August 23, 2011
By The Canadian Press

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Aug. 23, 2011, Waterloo, Ont. – An aerial spy drone created by a Canadian
start-up company is helping Libyan rebels in their fight against
government forces.

Aeryon Labs Inc., based out of Waterloo, Ont., says it supplied
one of its Aeryon Scout Micro UAV units to the Libyan Transitional
National Council, to help rebels identify enemy locations.

The small device – which looks like a toy helicopter, weighs
about 1.3 kilograms and fits in a backpack or suitcase – can fly
into dangerous areas while shooting high-quality video that is
beamed back in real-time, even to smartphones like BlackBerrys and
iPhones.

The company also says the device is very easy to use and can be
controlled via a map-based, touch-screen interface rather than using
a joystick.

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The device was delivered to Libya by the Ottawa-based private
security firm Zariba Security Corporation, which conducted a day and
a half of training before the rebels began using the drone.

Zariba Security's Charles Barlow says the Aeryon Scout Micro UAV
has been in action without incident since, both during day and
night, using a heat-seeking thermal camera.


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