In the immediate aftermath of the devastating hurricane Katrina that destroyed most
of New Orleans in 2005, Kevin Weldon, the founder of Little Ripper Lifesaver, observed
an unmanned drone helicopter flying along flooded streets searching for survivors.
This was the first deployment of drones in a disaster and they were instrumental in
helping to find some 5000 people, stranded and alive in their flooded homes. Kevin,
the founding president of International Lifesaving, immediately set about working on
the possibility of developing a search and rescue service in Australia using unmanned
aerial vehicles (UAVs). After a decade of efforts, he was finally able to assemble the right
people and resources to make it happen.
2017-06-24 14:20:00--2017-06-24 17:30:00 Drone Advances in Saving Lives and Aviation Training Academy
2017-07-27 00:00:00--2017-07-27 00:00:00
2017-06-24 14:20:00--2017-07-28 00:00:00