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It might come as a surprise to think of Latvia as a country enthralled by unmanned aerial vehicles, but the capital city of Riga has certainly become an Eastern European hub of sorts, when it comes to drone enthusiasts. There’s an up and coming drone industry there, and as nascent as it may appear, Riga has been fostering fertile ground for the manufacturing, transportation, and racing-related drone fields to take off. 

According to Forbes, a company called Atlas Aerospace will soon commence producing drones in Riga on a large scale, with a plant that manufactures carbon components, which would create hundreds of jobs. The goal is to establish a drone building hub in Latvia’s capital, that would nurture the UAV industry in the country and solidify it as a drone-enthusiastic spot in Eastern Europe. Racing, too, is becoming quite the intriguing eSport for Latvians as of late. The Rīdzinieki (Latvian Riga citizens) are reportedly an active bunch when it comes to tech competitions, drone racing, and eSports, in general. 

As for cargo transportation and other autonomous drones in the country, Latvian Airdog has reportedly been designing drones specifically for the extreme sport market. It has been producing UAVs equipped with GoPro cameras, and drones which the company calls "Aerones," which can transport heavy payloads as well as combat fire-related incidents.

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Category: Science