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Humanitarian Use of Drones
Tue, 2012-02-07 11:01 — mdmcdonald
Submitted by Alister Macintyre
Several thousand UAVs return to USA from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and there's talk about how they can be constructively re-purposed. This outfit wants to use them for medical purposes.
Another outfit is considering a drone big enough to transport injured persons to where they can get medical treatment. I imagine that in a war zone, the combatants might be shooting at these things.
Here's articles on http://matternet.net/ Autonomous Aerial Vehicles (AAV)
The Dominican Republic is financing a pilot project for the company.The Matternet quadcopters are based on open-source technology from DIY Drones.
The illustration shows the drone is helicopter for landing anywhere more easily than the plane format of US military, which needs a landing strip.
The inital prototype, a quadcopter design, can carry about 2.2 pounds; a later version would carry a little more than 4 pounds, the company says. The copters are based on an open-source control system from DIY Drones, CNET says.The concept will be field-tested in three stages. The first will carry a two-kilogram payload. Phase two will add automated recharging stations and test a load of 200 kilograms. Phase three will attempt to transport 1,000 kilograms. The prototype’s current range is 10 kilometers.The company says a complete kit should sell for around $2,500.
http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-08/introducing-matternet-quadcopter-network-deliveries-remote-locations in Somalia
There will be regulations for using this stuff in anyone air space.
Oh, I originally found out about this thanks to a discussion on Google Plus.
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