Drones are being increasingly employed to complement the imaging capabilities of satellites

Drone and UAVs (Unmanned Air Vehicles) are being increasingly employed to complement the imaging capabilities of satellites.

They allow images to be obtained for different areas, regardless of weather conditions as they can fly below the clouds, a missing ability of Satellites. They can also be deployed immediately, rather than waiting for a satellite to pass overhead. For these reasons, and the recent proliferation of their technology and availability, has led to their rapid adoption for a multitude of applications.

The news from the past week perfectly demonstrates how they are being used. Drones have been used to survey and map the Helicopter crash site at the Fox Glacier, New Zealand. The devastating incident took place on the 21st November 2015 but bad weather conditions have prevented the recovery of the seven people who died during the crash.

Drones have been flown over the crash site so that emergency responders can understand the extent of the problem and plan a recovery before arriving at the scene. They have managed to understand how to conduct the rescue prior to sending in the responders, which is vital to minimise the danger to which the responders face when attempting to recover the victim’s bodies.

Furthermore, drones are also being deployed to image Australian Coastlines for shark management. They can feed images back to operators who can look for sharks and integrate GPS into this process, so that shark locations can be sent to coastguards to help prevent shark-attacks to beach-goers and surfers.

This week, drones have been demonstrated to help map and locate potential dangers to humans and are therefore proving a vital tool in these two fields. However, drones are not limited to just these, they are being increasingly used in a multitude of applications. Geocento can provide you access to drone imagery down to a resolution of 2cm! So if this is something you require, please contact us and we can discuss this option with you!

For more information on the Fox Glacier, please visit Radio New Zealand and visit BBC News for information about Shark Management.

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