26 Nov '13, 7pm

Drones play role in disaster response

Drones play role in disaster response

Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawks are being flown in response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, collecting imagery to help find people in need and coordinate aid. The drone was able to launch within two hours of initial orders, and as of Nov. 19 had flown three missions, taking 300 images over 50 hours, said Maj. Ryan Simms, the chief of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and remotely piloted aircraft policy in the headquarters Air Force executive action group. “Because of the lead time associated with this typhoon, we were able to get our ducks in a row and put an aircraft on station in a much faster way,” Simms said at an event in Washington, D.C. Lessons learned in previous disasters also contributed to the faster response. The Global Hawk flew its first surveillance mission responding to a natural disaster in 2007. That year, an RQ-4 was tasked with flying ove...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20131126/NEWS/311260021

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