Guest Article by Amanda Shaffer (Advexure Aerial & Action Photography Systems)
When it comes to rescue operations, there’s always a bigger chance of finding lost civilians when you’re searching from above. It’s also faster transporting medicines or medical supplies to a remote area via airlift compared to a land or sea delivery.
Traditional aircrafts usually address this problem, but limitations like high-maintenance and its large size can make it hard for rescue teams to reach remote areas with larger aircrafts. Landing in small spaces is difficult and dangerous and necessary local support teams are often scarce. Luckily, if a civilian is lost in the middle of nowhere or hurtin a place where medical aid is simply far off, small, unmanned aerial aircrafts called drones can better help in an immediate rescue operation.
Drone Technology Transmission
Drones have the capacity to carry medicines and other medical supplies and transport them to remote areas without much expense and effort. And thanks to opportunities for improving drone technology such as the UAV Challenge Medical Express, undergraduate teams such as the Monash Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have developed a UAV system that transports blood samples from a remote location to a base location in shorter periods of time.
Drones for Blood Sample Delivery
Keeping blood samples is highly time-sensitive, since they need to be kept at low temperatures around 39-44 degrees and for a maximum period of seven days. Apart from the required temperature and indicated period, blood samples can easily expire making it useless in medical examinations, which is why drones play a very important role in this retrieval process.
Drones for Spotting Outback Joe
A dummy lost in the middle of nowhere to be retrieved by drones, Outback Joe represents solo flight travellers who may be stuck up a mountain because of a foggy climate, lost in the woods or in a remote area and in need of urgent medical attention. This dummy is a recipient of the UAV Challenge, providing efficient drone technology that will respond to search and rescue operations mentioned earlier.
UAV Challenge Improving Drone Efficiency
As the competition for creating the best drone design continues, search and rescue teams are able to carry out actual rescue operations more efficiently. Even with limited manpower, trip times are being reduced thanks to the contribution of groups who innovate the usual aircraft needs into something more viable for medical use.
Drone technology is rapidly growing in the U.S.; more and more rescue teams are prioritising civilian safety with ergonomic and efficient drones that are easy to manage with the aid of the rules of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. In the long run, the use of drone technology will improve communication between rescue teams and their beneficiaries and partner support groups as well and minimise causalities because of delays and aircraft troubleshooting.
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