Here's How the Red Cross Is Using Drones for Disaster Relief

Here's How the Red Cross Is Using Drones for Disaster Relief”

"In collaboration with UPS and CyPhy Works, we are thrilled to be conducting a pilot program with a drone for the first time in the United States", he added. "It's essential that public and private organizations work together to find new and innovative solutions to support and enhance recovery efforts after a natural disaster strikes", UPS Foundation President Eduardo Martinez said in a statement.

The Red Cross is expected to be the largest USA non-profit aid organization using the technology when flights begin next week as part of a post-disaster training program in other parts of the United States.

The one-week test will see officials deploy one drone over one of the worst hit parts of the city, which will help the agency assess damage and divert aid resources as needed. The CyPhy drones employ a technology it calls PARC™ (Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications), which "uses a patented microfilament system to deliver secure communication".

The hitching drone will be able to fly up to 400 feet at a fixed location of aerial observation with a 30x zoom camera with ten miles distance. In this test the platform will provide constant power to a drone flying stationary at 400ft through the use of a tether. A drone tethered can cover a long distance for weeks or days at a time. "Accurately and quickly assessing the impact is a critical step to help save lives".

It is funded by the charitable foundation of United Parcel Service (UPS.N), which owns a stake in CyPhy Works and is using its drones to test package delivery, said UPS spokesman Glenn Zaccara.

Search and Rescue teams from New Jersey were also making their way South to help US residents deal with Irma.

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