“California has more than 150,000 miles of overhead power lines. Drones searching for downed lines could inspect the system a lot faster than human counterparts and alert crews to where they’re needed. “
Test programs around the world that use the technology for lifesaving pharmaceuticals as well as for food and even coffee are attempting to prove that delivery by drones is not only safe, but efficient and environmentally sound.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/03/19/technology/drone-deliveries-faa-pilot-programs.html
*Drones are a future technology area to study. See lots of opportunity for people with multiple knowledge bases that relate to drones. A few areas are geography, human population density, legalities related to airspace, and the allocation of scarce resources.
“Last month, the FAA announced there are now more registered drone operators in the U.S. (325,000) than there are registered manned aircraft (320,000).”
*Headed to millions of drone operators I think.
“Nearly 400,000 heart attacks happen every year in the United States alone, and 88 percent of them happen at home — far from the lifesaving Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED) devices common in many public spaces. In a heart attack, aid must be given in the first first five minutes or chances of survival drop to just 8 percent. That timing becomes a serious problem when combined with the fact that the average ambulance response time in the US is typically 10 to 12 minutes.”
*Interesting. Could see drones being used to fight forest fires too.