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People around the world using drones in service of humanity.

Storm drones could improve tornado early warning

Scientists based in America’s infamous ‘Tornado Alley’ are using drone technology to better understand how tornadoes and other severe weather phenomena develop. They hope new data could lead to better early warning systems that would increase the current advanced warning time of about 14 minutes to more than an hour.

In 2015, a $6 million grant from National Science Foundation was awarded to Oklahoma State University and the universities of Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kentucky to develop the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the study of atmospheric physics. Its goal is to build small, affordable drones for use by government and university scientists, as well as private companies, to improve weather forecasting.

Read the full story here.

Drone Mapping Saves Lives In Colombia

In April 2017, unusually heavy rains caused floods, and a massive landslide in Mocoa, Putumayo province, Colombia. Over 300 people lost their lives and more than 4000 people were displaced. Canadian RescUAV, Aeryon Labs, and Pix4D teamed up, helping those helped 4000 people return home safely.

Limited data connectivity added complexity to the operation, which is where Pix4D came in. Brett Simms, RescUAV Team Lead, approached Pix4D’s Paul Spaur for help.

The crews can import their areas into Pix4Dcapture, fly a drone autonomously, and capture data. They can then move the images from the drone to a field laptop, and rely on the fully offline (and secure) processing capability of Pix4Dmapper Pro to make maps that can save lives,”

Read the full story here.

A drone has saved the lives of 87 baby deer in the past two weeks.

The problem comes with the harvest.  Baby deer hide in the tall grass and become victims of the harvester.

The solution is a DJI Inspire 1 fitted with a thermal camera.  Early in the morning the fawns radiate a temperature of about 25 degrees centigrade enabling the farmers to find them. When the fawns are discovered one of the farmers finds the fawn, wraps it in grass in gets it out of the field.

Read the full story here (German).

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