In modern day disaster relief, the biggest hindrance to saving lives is having an accessibility to locations and limiting the scope of needed search areas. There simply isn’t enough manpower to check every house on every block for signs of life. Even if there was somehow a means to supply first responders to every doorstep, from a safety aspect this still wouldn’t provide sufficient logistical reasoning. Now those acting as the first line of defense have additional risk put on their lives in trying to save others. Currently, drones are quickly becoming majority opinion of the solution to these concerns. Being agile and relatively dispensable (when compared to a human life) they provide a means of quick access to unstable areas. Our team hopes revolutionize the way relief operations are currently handled with drones to optimize efficiency and safety.
What it does
With drones, an inherent complication arises from the limited flight time they each possess. Our team envisions an industrial style drone with a foldable, lightweight solar panel atop it that can land in an area in close proximity to the danger. Upon landing, the panels on top would extend and begin to collect sunlight to be used for power. This power could then be transferred to a smaller set of drones supplying needed relief in the area, rather than return to some base station to charge. This indefinitely extends the flight time of each recon drone and gives them almost free reign to travel wherever needed, as the carrier drone can just come with them.