A while back we talked about Amazon seeks approval for drone testing and today we’ve received news that Ashima Devices, a drone maker, brings 400 jobs to Reno, Nevada.
By 2018, the city of Reno will have 400 new jobs with a reported average salary of $70,000 thanks to drone manufacturer Ashima Devices. The jobs will be in testing, manufacturing and research of the company’s drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles. The firm is coming to Reno, Nevada from Pasadena, California.
Governor Brian Sandoval, revealed at a Tuesday press conference, that drones are one of the next big things in aviation and […] the world. Alongside the governor, officials from the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada were also present at the press conference which took place at the Reno-Stead Airport.
The Economic Development Authority revealed that Ashima Devices has committed to collaborating with the University of Nevada, Reno on programs that are going to train and prepare students for occupations in the field of UAV.
Larry Lamber, the company’s vice-president, said in the press conference:
A lot of graduates from UNR and a lot of graduates from the community college system are going to find their way to Ashima. We want to build that community so a lot of your sons and daughters stay here and work here instead of going off to some other place.
The droned that Ashima Devices will start producing will be used for law enforcement, fire and rescue, industrial environments and security. The models which the company plans to produce are newly developed and are not yet in production.
The type of drone which is pictured above is called a Hexpuck and it provides a short-range situational awareness of up to half a mile. The company’s chief technical officer, Ian McEwan, said that their purpose is to get to the scene, get out and get reconnaissance going.
The Hexpuck is a little smaller than a manhole cover, it has a smooth plastic casing which allows it to slide between bushes and trees and avoid getting stuck. It can be used for tracking wildfire or detecting conflict around corners, among many other things.
The drones can all controlled by a person with the help of a tablet, which can easily be strapped on to their arm, for extra mobility.
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