In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) introduced powerful aerial tools to search-and-rescue teams in Florida and Mississippi.
To the naked eye, these solutions looked like the miniature aircraft frequently piloted by hobbyists: A small remote-control airplane and a small remote-control helicopter. But because both “toys” were equipped with cameras and operated by experts, they provided valuable images that helped disaster-relief teams analyze flood conditions and search for survivors.
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These efforts marked the first time unmanned aerial systems UAS were used in a relief mission following a natural disaster. Since then, the commercial and professional drone industries have taken flight, and CRASAR has helped public safety teams explore critical life-saving applications for aerial, terrestrial, and marine robots in real-world disaster scenarios.
For the past two decades, pioneers in the field such as CRASAR Vice President Dr. Robin Murphy, CRASAR President Justin Adams, and CRASAR Executive Secretary David Merrick have provided valuable research, education, guidance, and on-site support for agencies and teams across the globe. Their work is helping future generations of roboticists – and future generations of robots – prepare for the challenges of emergency response.
Parrot had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Murphy, David Merrick, and Justin Adams about the evolution of drone technology, the current applications for drones in the field of public safety, and the features they consider essential in their line of work. READ MORE.
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Source: Press Release