Drones are a hot topic these days. Everyone from filmmakers to hobbyists are using the little flying gadgets. But, the new technology isn't just good for having some fun or capturing shots on a film set. It could actually help Nepal recover from the devastating earthquake that rocked the country and took thousands of lives.
There are many ways that drones can help the recovery effort. Namely, they can capture footage from the air to help map damage and survey difficult terrain. They can capture large amounts of high-quality images much quicker than ground surveys.
The country is currently facing a shortage of helicopters that are generally needed to both capture aerial views of the destruction and conduct life saving rescue missions. The use of unmanned drones to survey damage will free up manned helicopters, so they can be used to aid survivors.