Category Archives: Practical Uses

Innovative uses for drones.

Drones help to retrieve body of drowned swimmer at Fingal Head, New South Wales, Australia.

Even though emergency services had found the body in the water, dangerous surf conditions prevented them from retrieving the body. With the help of boats, jet skis, police divers, and drones, they were able to safely bring the body back to shore on Thursday morning.

“The drones give us another perspective on the water with a bird’s eye view,” Mr Samuels said. “Drones and helicopters can be very beneficial on a day like this.”

Australia has been deploying drones on a larger scale than anywhere else in the world for rescuing swimmers and keeping beachgoers safe in general. Recently two swimmers were safely brought back to shore with the help of the Little Ripper drone.

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Drones have saved 6 people from drowning off the coast of France.

Helper Drone has announced that it has saved a total of six people from drowning at locations off the coast of France, marking the first time in the world that swimmers were saved by a professional drone lifeguard.

The drone company was the product of an employee of Total, a French-based oil, gas and energy company who invented the drones because Total was interested in saving lives at sea when, for example, an employee falls off an offshore platform, but also because drones have other uses for the offshore industry such as performing tests or surveying.

MesoLoft Balloon-Drones Scatter Ashes of Loved Ones at Edge of Space.

MesoLoft uses high altitude balloons to deliver your loved one’s ashes 15-20 miles up into Earth’s stratosphere, and release them to the elements. This “release and remember” approach will result in the remains falling back down to Earth during the course of several months. For those who are absolute in their desire for cremation and have an equally passionate attachment to space and our planet, this might just be for you.

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Within 10 minutes of launch, Missing collie in Clatsop County, Washington found by drone.

A border collie who went missing during a Christmas Day hike was rescued by a cadre of dog lovers in a dramatic rescue from a cliff north of Indian Beach in Clatsop County.

Felix’s owner, Sarah Stremming, searched for the collie for hours, to no avail before posting a message on her Facebook page, the Daily Astorian reports.

Those messages found their way to volunteer firefighter Matthew Verley, a licensed drone operator, used his drone to look in the area where Felix might be and within 10 minutes found the dog alive and well — but in a precarious position.

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Drone Spots 2,200-year-old Edomite Temple in Israeli Live-fire Zone.

Archaeologists using drones have found what seems to be a rare Edomite temple dating to 2,200 years ago, smack in the middle of a live-fire zone. The structure seems to have been destroyed by Jewish forces, possibly under Judah Maccabee himself, who then converted the surviving locals.

The structure could be a temple, or a palace, and in any case seems to have been destroyed in one of the incessant upheavals of the region. In this case, the building, evidently a large one, may have been destroyed during the Hasmonean conquest of the region in 112 B.C.E. Following the Hasmonean victory, the locals were forced to convert to Judaism.

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Drone used to lay cable to provide ultrafast broadband to a remote Welsh village

Cable company Openreach used the drone to avoid having to lay cable across “challenging” terrain that included woods, a river and steep hills.

The drone was flown across a section of forest near Pontfadog, Wrexham, to help sling wires between telegraph poles.

The community’s 20 homes now have access to ultrafast broadband that can run at speeds of up to 1Gbps.

“If we tried running the cable through woods it was also very likely we’d get it caught up in branches and other natural obstructions, so we figured the best option was to fly it in over the top of the tree canopy and then lift it up to make sure it was clear of the tree line.”

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