We all know that technology has been one of the most beneficial discoveries ever made by man. In various ways, we have been applying technology to help human carry out various tasks which would have otherwise been troublesome ever to achieve. Such an application of technology that has proven to be useful in almost each and every task is the use of drones.

Many people may who love outdoor environments may be attracted to areas like the wilderness that may expose them to various hazards. When such hazards take place, search and rescue teams may be faced with difficult situations like harsh weather, and unfavourable terrain which may threaten the rescue mission.

a Search and Rescue Drone in the US

A drone, in contrast to methods like walking searches, proves to be more useful, since one can conduct an extensive search over a large area which may take hours to complete when walking around. Drones, having a great ability to fly at incredibly low levels in comparison to helicopters, can be a lot more useful in search and rescue missions.

Since they are equipped with a high definition video camera, they increase the chances to find your victim, as you can replay the video captured during the search.

A thermal camera that can be fitted onto many of these devices gives the search crew the ability to detect and find their victims at night, in areas of low visibility.

By using drones, you can provide the victims with supplies ranging from medical to water and food supplies so that you can help them to stay in the best condition possible. It is useful as it gives some time to the rescue crew as they figure out a way to come to their rescue, especially if they are trapped in an area that is somehow difficult to get to.

By use of advanced technology, developers are now coming up with a way in which drones will have the capability to detect and recognise faces, memorise trails as well as assess the trajectory of the victims. There are of course many advantages of drones when used in search and rescue missions which include:

1. Practical Solution:

Times are gone when helicopters were the most used rescue machinery in almost every situations. Drones have proven to be more convenient, as they can be used for the same reason at a more affordable cost. The other advantage of drones over helicopters is that they won’t make any noise which might interfere with rescue operations.

2. Drones have an adequate size:

There are certain situations in which a stranded victim might be at an unreachable position when rescue officers are using machines like helicopters. In such cases, drones will prove to be more than useful owing to their smaller size in comparison to helicopters. You can use them to deliver supplies like walkie talkies and others. You can take advantage of the small size of drones, to get through narrow spaces fro example, when you want to view the inside of a building that has collapsed.

3. Easy Deployment:

Drones are advantageous when it comes to sending them off, due to their small size when compared to the use of helicopters. As a result, you can conduct search missions efficiently in areas like forests where landing and deployment of a chopper might prove a challenge.

4. Drones have an advantage to the environment:

Almost all drones use renewable and environment-friendly energy sources, with a few using internal combustion engines. Using renewable energy sources on drones won’t only be advantageous to the environment but also contributes to making the maintenance of such devices cheaper.

Finally, drones are what each and rescue mission should have as they are not only effective but also they eliminate the need of rescue teams having to send any members of the crew to assess the state of the victims.
This enables the team to exchange ideas of how best they can solve the situation as they view the live feed from the drone which further increases the success of a rescue operation.

The use and advantages of drones in search and rescue missions