The way of the future
Although some people may disregard UAS as the latest equipment fad, Karen believes they are here to stay.
“Technology is going to lead us to places we just haven’t imagined yet,” she says. “If you think back to the Jetsons cartoon it forecast a bunch of things we laughed at at the time – like there’s no way we’d be able to talk to someone on a television screen but here we are with Skype being a normal thing.
“I think there are things around today which may become obsolete because there are just bigger and better things out there - but I think we’re only seeing the start of UAS at the moment.”
Karen predicts that the next step for UAS will be to become more amphibious so they can go under water as well as fly, but the biggest change will be affordability.
“It’s happening rapidly already,” she says. “Something that’s available now wasn’t close to being available six months ago. The prices are coming down and these things are becoming so much more accessible.”