Friday, May 22, 2015

UAV for the Nepali

The Nepal quake happened in one of the world’s most active seismic zones. That is the trans-global mountain belt that stretches from the Pyrenees and through Alps forested ranges. This forcible meet of the two tectonic plates has caused of quake with a 7.9 magnitude, which struck the mountain nation of Nepal on Saturday, April 25th.

There are general warning systems used in place to identify the magnitude of quakes such as the seismograph; a device used to accurately record the vibrations of the ground during the quake. Drones, however, will play an interesting part in international responses to the disaster.

Nepali citizens are currently suffering from lack of available helicopters due to questionable media coverage. With the help of these camera-bearing machines, responders hope to utilize unused helicopters for rescue missions as drones are used for damage mapping updates. Drones used during this disaster are being equipped with UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) technology. This makes these devices all the more necessary to use versus ground surveys (Seismographs), aircrafts, and satellite imagery.  

These drone-driven UAVs can cover 5 to 10 km2 in a few hours at high resolution values. Aerial imagery captured by these UAVs provides large collections of photographs that are processed to create a 3D model of the Nepali terrain. These detailed models are beneficial to response groups when determining local points for rescue missions.

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