Drone testing at Texas A&M

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Experts from the National Weather Service, Texas Task Force One, the National Guard, and several other first responders were on hand in disaster city at the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station on Wednesday.

They worked with drones both in the sky and on the water, preparing to use the unmanned aircraft in recovery efforts from all types of flooding disasters.

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS (NBC) - Robot boats and drones. The future of disaster relief is happening in College Station.

Experts from the National Weather Service, Texas Task Force One, the National Guard, and several other first responders were on hand in disaster city at the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station on Wednesday.

They worked with drones both in the sky and on the water, preparing to use the unmanned aircraft in recovery efforts from all types of flooding disasters.

Responders would be able to send out remote operated vehicles using sonar technology to see underwater.

That allows them to identify dangerous debris and even humans before sending out any rescue workers.

Many of the devices shown at Wednesday's event were used to aid in natural disasters such as Hurricane Wilma and the Washington State mudslide.

They allowed first responders to view footage remotely without putting humans in harm's way.


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