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In recent months there has been an increase in media coverage of the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology, and in particular small (s)UAS, such as the Aeryon Scoutt™. At a time when there is growing controversy surrounding sUAS technology and how it is being used, we want to highlight a different perspective: the positive applications and benefits.
Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) such as the Aeryon Scout™ have a broad range of applications in military, public safety, and commercial markets. Often recognized for their utility in dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs, sUAS are being used by commercial customers and other professional organizations to run their businesses more effectively, and in many cases to do jobs not previously possible.
Louisville, Kentucky, was the scene of a recent train derailment involving several hazardous material containers. The Scout was used to provide emergency response personnel with critical information to aid in containing both the fire and potential chemical contamination - protecting both first responders and the general public.
Remember the last time you were stuck in traffic due to an accident? Chances are that a significant amount of the time required to re-open the roadway was due to the need for detailed scene measurements, used by police forensics teams to investigate causes and effects of the crash. High resolution aerial images taken from the Scout in 5-10 minutes can be used for accurate scene measurements, replacing a ground-based process which could take 1.5 hours or longer to survey the same area.
One of the key benefits of sUAS is that they help isolate the human element from dangerous environments - whether a soldier who needs to see over the next hill, a police officer facing a barricaded suspect, or a field worker who needs to perform a detailed inspection of potentially hazardous equipment. From a distance up to 3km, Scout operators can receive and simultaneously share live aerial imaging or other sensor data.
A recent spectacular demonstration of this role for sUAS occurred after the biggest remote controlled plane crash in history - as the Discovery Channel investigated what happened during and after the crash landing of a Boeing 727.