A research team funded by the Australian Red Cross and the Department of Foreign Affairs in Australia will examine how drones could help in relief efforts. The aim is to find out, is this a way to get humanitarian aid to be more effective and faster?
Some of the benefits of drones are that they can fly lower that conventional aircraft, that cannot operate with low cloud cover, they can be deployed faster and do not require an airstrip to take off or land. Drones have been used recently for damage assessment flights. Now we need to look at payload and the practicalities of drones use in the Pacific region.
The study will look at some of the potential issues surrounding the use of drones, such as whether they comply with local aviation laws, and making sure their operation does not offend cultural sensitivities.
For more information, go to http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-30/accessing-disaster-zones-in-the-wake-of-emergencies/8075198