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Using a Drone for Mountain rescue.

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Using a Drone for Mountain rescue.

The idea of using a Drone for Mountain Rescue, or at least to locate someone sounds like an excellent idea and could save the MRT both time and money so I am a bit puzzled why a prize is being offered to someone for being top of the leader board for this exercise,
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Re: Using a Drone for Mountain rescue.

Mountains are large lumps of  rock with no tendency to get lost. Why would they need rescue?
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Re: Using a Drone for Mountain rescue.

If you locate a missing person, you fire a missile at them - just like in Pakistan!

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Re: Using a Drone for Mountain rescue.

I can't help but think that the battery life on these drones will be a limiting issue. It's all well and good having a super drone that can pilot itself and navigate around but when it's max range is reached and it wants to go further then it's kinda stuffed if you ask me.
As for the crowd source viewing of the images, they'd be better off using thermal imaging and having the drones relay photos of the thermal objects back to base rather than having people check photos manually.
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Re: Using a Drone for Mountain rescue.

When its battery is getting low it can stop off at the nearest pub for a recharge.....a bit like the rest of us.
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Re: Using a Drone for Mountain rescue.

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I can't help but think that the battery life on these drones will be a limiting issue. It's all well and good having a super drone that can pilot itself and navigate around but when it's max range is reached and it wants to go further then it's kinda stuffed if you ask me.

You could send a second drone to locate the missing first drone.

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Re: Using a Drone for Mountain rescue.

Lol. It's a mountain rescue service not a drone rescue service  Grin
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Re: Using a Drone for Mountain rescue.

Having seen recent programs on mountain rescues and helicopters and the difficulties of finding casualties it would seem that drones could, in some/many situations be of significant assistance as they can cover large areas very quickly at a low enough cost to make availability easy.
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Re: Using a Drone for Mountain rescue.

They can get in closer to look at something but there is no way a drone can fly as fast as a full size helicopter that is also equipped with thermal imaging..
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Re: Using a Drone for Mountain rescue.

Obviously, but they can have a head start by being local. And why would they not have thermal imaging too?
And being immensely cheaper you can have lots of them.
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And being immensely cheaper you can have lots of them.

Yes this is true and certainly is an advantage over a normal rescue helicopter.
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Re: Using a Drone for Mountain rescue.

I've used the output from http://www.questuav.com/products.php using spectral analysis software - flight to desktop in about an hour, no reason it cannot be done in real time.
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Re: Using a Drone for Mountain rescue.

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The idea of using a Drone for Mountain Rescue, or at least to locate someone sounds like an excellent idea and could save the MRT

MRT?
The only MRT I'm aware of is in Singapore
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Re: Using a Drone for Mountain rescue.

MRT = Mountain Rescue Team  Wink
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