Africa's commercial drones take off

Some of Africa’s first commercial drone startups are generating clients and income.

South Africa’s Rocketmine and Ghana’s Aeroshutter are completing services such as 3D volumetric image processing, aerial advertising, and music video production for multinational mining companies, global telecoms firms, and African pop stars.

This precedes the anticipated debut of commercial drone delivery in Africa, which could be one to two years off.

Based in Johannesburg, Rocketmine provides “aerial data solutions” in mining, agriculture, water and forestry, and civil engineering. It expects to book just over $1 million in revenue in 2016, according to CEO Chris Clark, and received South Africa’s first Commercial Operating License in 2015 under the country’s new Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) regulations.

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