Patrick Meier and the worldwide Humanitarian UAV Network, “UAViators,” have undertaken a fairly comprehensive review of UAVs for humanitarian use. They’ve evaluated over 150 UAV models, both drones and airframes, including several 3DR models, along a wide range of criteria, from payload capacity to weatherproofing and APM compatibility. The review also includes peripherals critical to humanitarian applications, such as cameras, gimbal compatibility, and software for imaging analysis.
Patrick posted the results from the review’s first stage in an open google spreadsheet, and on his blog invited members of the community to contribute: We are actively looking for feedback and very much welcome additional entries. So feel free to review & add more UAVs and related technologies directly to the spreadsheet. Our second phase will involve the scoring/weighing of the results to identify the UAVs, cameras and software that may be the best fit for humanitarian organizations.
The UAViators (pronounced Wave-iators) are committed to combining drones and cloud-based big data for applications that are practical and urgent, and could potentially save many lives. The project is global and inclusive, and well worth the attention of this community.