Transport Canada has purchased a new surveillance drone, which is set to enter service in 2023. The drone will act as part of Transport Canada’s National Aerial Surveillance Program, and will have the ability to detect oil spills, survey ice and marine habitats, monitor shipping and help with search and rescue, humanitarian efforts and illegal fishing enforcement. The $36.1 million contract also includes communication links, ground control stations, sensor packages, training and the optional purchase of spare parts. The Hermes 900 StarLiner is a medium-altitude, long-endurance drone capable of operations as far as 72 degrees north, roughly the same latitude as Pond Inlet, and has a flying range of approximately 2,600 kilometers. The unmanned aircraft has a 17-meter wingspan, making it a bit smaller than a Twin Otter. The funds used to purchase the drone come from the Oceans Protection Plan.