Drone maker postpones ICAST debut until next year
Rippton, the international technology business that promised to introduce its fishing drone to the tackle trade in Orlando this week, has decided to postpone its ICAST debut for 12 months.
Rippton’s Mobula drone was announced in the pages of the July issue of Angling International and a booth in Orlando had been secured by the Australian-Dutch-Chinese partners behind the business. But a misunderstanding over the size of the booth has led Rippton to make the decision to wait until 2018.
“The booth we booked was not appropriate for a full flight trial, so we would prefer to wait until next year and a bigger space,” Senior Manager Rick Han told Angling International.
“We want to introduce Mobula properly and demonstrate its full potential. That has not been possible this year and we apologise to all those who were looking forward to seeing the technology close-up. We promise to be back next year with everything in place.”
Mobula is a drone with a patented high performance sonar and megapixel camera that allows the user to identify what is below it, in up to 100m of water and as far away as two kilometres.
Rippton says it is the world’s first drone of its kind that is portable and waterproof. For more details see www.rippton.com