Since drones have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, there are many new uses for them, coming out recently. For instance, search-and-rescue drone prototypes for missions that are too dangerous for humans to go through are now being created for the purpose of aiding the human race where they can.
Drone Technology and Rescue Missions
We’ve already seen drones that can follow you around, but what about drones that help save lives during an emergency search-and-rescue mission that is risky for humans? For example, say a building has collapsed and there are people trapped inside, but you cannot see exactly where.
This is where a drone would come in. They are able to fly overhead where humans cannot go, use special features to seek out any survivors that may be trapped needing rescue, and report this information back to the controller while the drone is still in flight.
This marvelous technology is saving lives all over the world, and will continue to do so for decades. Emergency responders rely on real-time imagery and information to ensure that they can save both time and people, while still being able to make the best decisions possible while lives are at stake.
Specific drone technology provides awareness in situations that help to reduce precious time and the number of searchers that are required to locate and help those who are trapped, at risk, etc. By using this technology the costs that go into search-and-rescue missions are drastically reduced, as well.
Drones That Save Lives – AltiGator
There are plenty of drones currently out there that are helping rescue missions, saving lives, and becoming crucial to search-and-rescue missions.
The drones made by AltiGator are designed for the purpose of giving data in real time, operation during both night and day, facing the most extreme of conditions, and to be as cost effective as personal.
Their drones use infrared thermal, also known as “IR”, for their cameras to ensure that body heat is easily detectable. This is very important when a rescue mission for locating where missing and/or trapped people, for example, are. This feature even works in the daytime, which has been a challenge to do with infrared for other forms of technologies.
Their drones were previously tested in Athens, Greece in situations that were unknown until they occurred. During the mentioned trial run to see how the drone would do, it faced the aftermath of an earthquake and had the task of searching and rescuing.
The drones partnered with the Hellenic Rescue Team to conduct an exercise on a full-scale level with the goal of maximizing collaboration between non-agencies and the government.
Using a Drone During an Avalanche
Using a classic SAR based on thermal imaging and real-time visuals, a preliminary investigation regarding drones was undertaken in an investigative area of frequent avalanches.
Avalanches are a major emergency problem that we face as human beings. In fact, those who have been buried during an avalanche have less than 80% of a survival chance. With this in mind, drones are being programmed and designed for the purpose of aiding those who have fallen victim to an avalanche as fast as possible.
Because those who have been buried in an avalanche are almost impossible to see with the human eye, drones have been brought onto the seen with infrared functionality and other forms of technology that will aid in finding them as fast as possible.
The Venture UAV by PROS3, for example, is one of the many drones that have been designed and dispatched for the purpose of search-and-rescue missions to help save as many lives as possible.
The Future of Search-and-Rescue Missions and Drones
Though most assume that drones are for recreational and military purposes, they are also used for saving lives and helping in missions where humans cannot reach or see to further do so. Who knows what the future may hold, and what new technologies we will see regarding the future of search-and-rescue missions and drones.
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