With metallic bodies and whirring propellers, drones being developed at the University of Cincinnati look like they’re straight out of a science fiction movie.
But the devices are in no way fictional. Research being conducted with drones at the university is introducing new ways of gathering information, with the goals of preventing disasters and saving lives.
Kelly Cohen, UC associate professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, is working with a team of Ph.D. and master’s students in making advancements in drone technology. Researchers are exploring different scenarios with drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to help them make decisions in real time, Cohen says—decisions that could make a difference in critical situations.
Cohen offered the example of the Titanic, which sank in 1912 after colliding with an iceberg. Imagine the same scenario, but with access to drones. Cameras built into UAVs could have identified the size and location of the iceberg, Cohn said, potentially preventing the disaster.
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