Following the earthquake in Nepal, disaster assistance from drone providers like Aeryon was immediate
We read the press release about Aeryon Labs, Monadrone, and Global Medic providing disaster assistance in Nepal and reached out to the team at Aeryon to get a bit more information. You can read our questions and their answers here, followed by the original press release.
Q. What prompted Aeryon to donate these drones for disaster assistance efforts in Nepal?
We have been working with Global Medic since 2014 and donated a system to them in December 2014 to assist in their response to Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines. When Rahul Singh, Executive Director, Global Medic found out about the earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, he contacted us to see if we would be able to provide additional equipment. We contacted our partner, Monadrone who has a Scout and we had a SkyRanger and one of our engineers that was available to travel.
Q. What makes your drones uniquely capable for this disaster response effort?
Our sUAS are designed for rugged environments and extreme temperatures. I’ve attached a brochure to provide you with some specs. They are VTOL sUAS so they can take off/land in confined areas and don’t require equipment. The propellers and legs are designed to snap into the body, so that if damage does occur in the field, they can be replaced without tools. There are different payloads, EO/IR dual payload and another that has zoom capabilities. The operator has a choice of camera that can be easily swapped as required by the task at hand. One person can carry and operate the system as well.
Q. Have your drones successfully located any survivors, any success stories as a result of the disaster assistance you are providing?
The team has been focused on mapping the regions that have been affected by the earthquake. I’ve been following the updates on the Global Medic website, the information there is consistent with what is being shared internally and between companies.
Waterloo, ON – In response to the recent 7.8-‐magnitude earthquake, Aeryon Labs Inc., the premier manufacturer of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), has deployed three of its sUAS and a qualified Aeryon pilot to the affected region. Aeryon is collaborating with partners GlobalMedic and Monadrone to provide aerial support to international disaster relief teams on the ground.
“The Global Medic UAV team responded immediately to the crisis in Nepal. sUAS provide us the unmatched capability to get onsite and into the air immediately to start determining how and where to provide support to the people.” said Rahul Singh, Executive Director, GlobalMedic.
Damage to, or the complete loss of, fundamental infrastructure such as airstrips and refuelling facilities can make manned aircraft operations in disaster relief scenarios very challenging. Sending rescue workers into damaged structures, or rubble piles, to search for survivors also puts them in harm’s way. sUAS enable ground-‐based rescue teams to collect critical visual intelligence and deploy rescue resources quickly, carefully and exactly where they are most needed.
The Aeryon sUAS being sent to Nepal are equipped with thermal cameras to help locate survivors by detecting body heat, as well as the company’s newest imaging payload, the Aeryon HDZoom30, which can be used at extended distances to zoom in to see a target with clarity and detail. For example, operators are able to recognize a face from over 1000 feet (300m) away. The team will also undertake aerial mapping of the affected areas, building 2D and 3D maps, so that further response efforts can be planned.
“At Monadrone, we see sUAS as mission-‐critical tools that not only support day-‐to-‐day military, police and fire department needs, but can also play a vital role when disaster strikes” said Robin Morris, Director at Monadrone, Monaco. “The images the Aeryon sUAS will capture will enable the creation of up-‐to-‐date maps required to aid the disaster relief in Nepal.”
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About Aeryon Labs Inc.
Aeryon Labs is the premier manufacturer of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), which are at the center of major world events and international media stories. The company is the trusted partner of civil and military customers, resellers, and other commercial business partners around the globe. Aeryon Labs is a Canadian Controlled Private Company with headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Field-‐tested and mission-‐proven, Aeryon sUAS set the standard for immediate aerial intelligence gathering by anyone, anywhere, anytime, for a wide range of military, public safety and commercial applications.
GlobalMedic is an operational arm of the David McAntony Gibson Foundation, which was founded in memoriam in 1998. GlobalMedic provides disaster response with a Rescue Unit, Water Purification Unit, and an Emergency Medical Unit.
Mondarone is a division of PhoneSoft Limited, an IT and software development company serving customers worldwide. Monadrone is an authorized business partner of Aeryon Labs and serves customers in selected countries in Europe and Africa.