Interesting Facts About Drones
At Altitude imaging we are passionate about what we do and strive to bring our customers and fellow enthusiasts up to date news and facts within this rapidly developing industry. We have scoured the internet for interesting facts and articles with the plan to bring you up to speed with what is happening.
We start our journey with a short article and some interesting facts around the industry for our newly joining users.
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Aerial Drones Are Being Used in New and Exciting Ways
At Altitude Imaging, we love to see drones used in new and innovative ways. Today, drone developers and operators are getting increasingly creative with their technology. As a result, we’re seeing drones involved in everything from wildlife conservation to delivering medical supplies.
Here are a few of the most exciting ways that drones are being used to solve problems in the modern world:
Delivering Medical Supplies
There has been plenty of buzz about Amazon’s intent to deliver merchandise by drones, but those aren’t the only goods being transported by drone. In Rwanda, drones are also being used to deliver blood to remote clinics for much-needed transfusions.
Using Drones for Anti-Surveillance
Disney has had problems with drone operators leaking footage of their production sites for the new Star Wars films. At the time, they tried to contract a firm offering anti-drone technology, but the deal ultimately fell through.
For the filming of the most recent Star Wars instalment (set for release later this year), there were rumours that Disney had stepped up their game and were actually using their own drones to monitor their airspace and fend off other drones. Disney has denied these rumours, but the fact that such a technology is even rumoured to exist is telling.
Drones are also operating on the front lines of animal conservation to track poachers and thwart their efforts. One prominent example is in Kenya, where Marc Gross is using Google Earth and drones to herd elephants back into safe spaces where poachers can’t get to them.
The most significant limiting aspect of a drone is probably its battery. In order to stay airborne for long, the drone needs access to a significant amount of power. This means larger (i.e. heavier) batteries, which in turn weigh down the drone and work against the original goal of staying in the air for longer.
This has made developing drones to transport humans a challenge. But Chinese drone maker Ehang has proven they’re up to the challenge. Their new prototype can carry a single passenger weighing up to 100 kg, and it can fly up to 100 km/hr and can stay airborne for 25 minutes – or long enough to transport a passenger up to 50 km.
Remote Ambulance Runs
Millions of people suffer from cardiac arrest each year, and many of them could be saved if emergency services were able to respond faster. This drove students at TU Delft to design a new ambulance drone that delivers a portable defibrillator directly to the scene.
When someone calls emergency services, the drone can be dispatched right away and could arrive in as little as one minute. The EMT drone operator will then instruct the user on how to use the defibrillator to stabilise the patient’s heartbeat whilst emergency services are on the way.
Have you seen drones being used in a new and creative way? We’d love to hear from you, so let us know in the comment section
A Life-Saving Ambulance Drone Has Been Developed in the Netherlands
At Altitude Imaging, we primarily use our drones for aerial photography, surveys, mapping and environmental monitoring. But this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the benefits drones can bring to modern society. Some development teams are committed to pushing the boundaries of how drones can help.
One of the most inspiring and innovative ways that we’ve seen drones used recently is to deliver emergency medical supplies to help save lives. In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at one such initiative that is being made possible by a team of students at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands.
Heart Attack Victims Can Be Saved with Prompt Attention
The impetus behind this new drone-based technology comes from the fact that upwards of a million cases of cardiac arrest occur in Europe each year. There’s a great deal that healthcare providers can do to save a cardiac arrest victim, but they have to act quickly. For that reason, only around 7 per cent of those who suffer a heart attack outside of a hospital end up surviving. But with prompt attention, these victims’ survival rates could jump to 80 per cent.
If there were a way for first responders to get help to victims faster, then it stands to reason that fewer victims would end up dying from cardiac arrest. This prompted the team at TU Delft to work to shorten response times by deploying drones that carry defibrillators to sites where a heart attack has occurred.
How the Ambulance Drone Works
It’s already common for automated external defibrillators stations to be set up in public areas. If one of these stations exists in a given area, then a person suffering cardiac arrest has a much greater chance of surviving. This helps even if there is not a doctor or EMT on site, as a bystander can be instructed to operate the defibrillator.
The problem is that these stations are too few and far between, and setting up significantly more of them presents logistical issues. With this new drone technology, a defibrillator drone could be dispatched after an emergency call is placed. It knows the caller’s GPS location and arrives quickly. In urban areas, it could arrive in as little as a minute, but the drone actually has the capability of flying as far out as 100 km.
When the drone arrives, a live operator will talk the person through using the defibrillator on the victim. In the meantime, a team of responders will also be dispatched. The developers point out that the drone could also be used to transport a range of other medical supplies as well.
Drones continue to prove themselves useful in modern life. And as the TU Delft team has demonstrated, they could help us navigate medical emergencies and live longer. Stay tuned to our blog if you enjoy learning about these developments as much as we do, as we’ll be informing readers of new developments in the future.
Where Are Drones Being Operated in WA?
Drones are riding an immense wave of popularity, and they’re being utlised by more than mere hobbyists and aerial photographers. At Altitude Imaging alone, we use our drones for a range of purposes, from recording aerial videos to surveying properties, carrying out inspections, monitoring environmental conditions and mapping.
But that’s barely scratching the surface of what drones promise to accomplish for us in the future. Given the fact that so many firms, hobbyists and commercial enterprises are currently using drones, governments have been scrambling to keep up with relevant regulations. This has led to some confusion regarding where and how drones can be used in Western Australia.
The team about Altitude Imaging are serious about abiding by all prevailing laws and regulations regarding how we operate our drones. We carry all of the relevant certificates and qualifications needed to operate drones in WA, and we apply for the necessary permits on behalf of our clients. Suffice it to say, if drones are legal to use in the area where you need them, we can help make that happen.
Here’s Where Our Clients Are Using Drones in WA
We keep track of where and how we’ve deployed drones for our WA clients. Here’s a quick overview of our data to let you know what types of environments drones are being used in:
- Urban Environments (26 per cent)
- Rural Environments (33 per cent)
- Industrial Environments (16 per cent)
- Remote Environments (26 per cent)
As you can see, most of the drone work carried out in our region takes place in rural areas. But there’s a strong showing from other areas as well. If you have questions about the viability of using a drone at your project site, just give us a call on 08 9240 7313 for more information.
How High Can Drones Fly in WA?
One of the major restrictions on drone operation is a matter of altitude. The higher a drone flies, the more likely it is going to be found in the flight path of aerial vehicles such as aeroplanes, jet and helicopters. This is why governments enforce strict flight ‘ceilings’ for drone operators.
In Australia, drones are expected to fly at or below 400 feet (121 metres) above sea level. In Europe and the UK, this ceiling is slightly higher (500 feet/150 metres). Regardless, 400 feet is more than high enough to carry out any of the tasks our clients require.
Where Are Drones Prohibited from Flying?
There a few places where drones are flat-out forbidden because they pose a serious threat to public safety. The most common example is anywhere around airports, as they could interfere with flights taking off and landing. There are also some restrictions around government buildings, military bases, etc.
If you’re in need of drone services in WA, we’ll help you with the logistics and ensure that your project runs in keeping with local laws and regulations. Contact us today to find out more about how we can put our drones to work for you.
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