On a vast swath of southern Alberta prairie, near the tiny village of Foremost, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have unrivalled freedom to roam.

“The large … airspace has a wide variety of terrain features,” said Doug Hanna, manager of the Foremost UAS Range, the first BVLOS testing range for drones in Canada. They can zip, zag and zoom beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) over more than 2,400 square kilometres of mostly flat terrain, covered with wheat, canola and other crops.

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