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Mapping, monitoring, and mitigating crises with a drone
The first choice of many non-governmental organizations and governments, drones are a great tool to protect the environment and people. At the center of it – vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicles (VTOL UAVs). Unifying the best qualities of traditional modes of transportation, mapping, and surveillance, VTOL UAVs are performing various missions across the world.
As the benefits and applications of VTOL UAVs are so vast, it is worthwhile taking a closer look into what really makes them stand out. Discover their advantages in the field the most popular ways of utilization, and learn what makes a difference.
Benefits of a VTOL UAV in difficult environments
The ability to remotely operate a drone without an extensive skill set in a high-risk environment is the main reason for the superiority of UAVs over other modes of transportation and inspection. Drones help you achieve goals efficiently and with great precision while also ensuring the safety of everyone involved.
Ensuring human safety
First and foremost, in dangerous conditions, drones provide security. Be it wildfires, landslides, or conflict zones – drone aerial intelligence provides the necessary information or help without putting yourself at risk. The ‘unmanned’ in a UAV ensures the operator is never put at risk and can keep an essential distance from, for example, poisonous smoke or a battle zone.
Compared to other modes of aerial intelligence, like helicopters, UAVs are easy to operate and do not require specialized knowledge. The ease of use allows for easier integration into existing operational teams, where anyone can become a drone operator. Once integrated into regular operations, a drone can be airborne in a few minutes, ensuring fast reaction time in an emergency.
Overcoming infrastructural problems
Flying, one way or another, eliminates the need for a well-developed infrastructure. Regardless of terrain, road networks, and connections, VTOL UAVs can quickly gather information or deliver objects long distances apart. Due to their VTOL capabilities, such UAVs do not need runways or additional equipment and work perfectly in remote or hostile areas where other types of communication fall short.
Main applications of drones for good
Drone applications are expanding each day – not only due to rapid technical developments but also constantly emerging creative approaches to pressing problems. How to utilize a UAV is an open question – currently, the most popular ways in the sector revolve around monitoring flora and fauna and providing support in high-risk areas.
Wild animal conservation
Drones offer a non-intrusive means to monitor animal populations and observe their behavior. This is handy in various conservation efforts, as (potentially dangerous) animals can be easily tracked and counted, and their migration patterns examined. While the focus might be the wildlife, the same UAV is useful in detecting illegal poaching activities, too.
Using different camera systems, drones can holistically monitor forests, woodlands, and wetlands. Using multispectral imagery, UAVs allow you to observe plant species and their overall health – irrigation levels, diseases, and biodiversity. At the same time, regular high-resolution imagery capture can help detect illegal deforestation and track both deforestation and reforestation efforts.
Environmental disaster response
After natural disasters like floods or hurricanes, UAVs can be rapidly deployed to bolster response efforts. They provide real-time information for rescue and reaction teams about the situation on the ground without putting emergency workers at risk. For example, during forest fires, drones with infrared cameras help spot hotspots and increase situational awareness for firefighters.
Water quality and coastal research
Drones can gather high-resolution data through advanced sensors that track water contamination, temperature variations, and ecosystem health. This data is valuable in both enforcing conservation efforts and facilitating the sustainable management of aquatic resources. Aerial footage also enables non-invasive monitoring of sea mammals, which is crucial for understanding their behaviors and population health.
Sensitive area management
VTOL UAVs are crucial in managing sensitive zones like refugee camps, where their ability to capture detailed imagery supports the strategic planning of shelter locations, essential infrastructure, and access to resources. These UAVs also play a key role in designing escape routes by analyzing terrain and environmental conditions to enhance safety and emergency responsiveness, thereby safeguarding the welfare of displaced communities.
Humanitarian aid delivery
Delivering medical goods to areas in need is one of the most widely recognized drone uses. Due to their long-range capabilities, VTOL UAVs can access remote areas where supplies are lacking and deliver medical or nutritional aid autonomously. In such places, UAVs also stand out in efficiently transporting blood or other samples for analysis.
The new standard in VTOL UAV technology
Safety and security
Evo stands out for its exceptional drone and data security features. It employs automated pre-launch checks and constant flight surveillance to ensure optimal state. The Evo is constructed with aerospace-grade materials and boasts a durable airframe engineered to withstand rigorous use over many years, even under extreme environmental conditions.
Operation of the DeltaQuad Evo is straightforward and hassle-free. Flight-ready in just two minutes, it can execute fully autonomous missions from take-off to landing. The design prioritizes maintenance simplicity, with interchangeable motor arms and an easily installable maintenance kit that does not require factory return.
Evo offers record-breaking endurance and flight ranges. Equipped with an auxiliary battery, Evo can fly for up to 4.5h hours, a performance that sits at the top of the electric VTOL UAV market. Combined with the drone’s ability to carry up to two types of different payloads, this opens up vast possibilities in data collection.
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