TIDES attends Drones for Development Deep Dive

by Samuel Bendett

On 22 Jan in Washington, D.C., TIDES took part in an IREX-sponsored event called Drones for Development which brought together specialists, practitioners, and scientists from the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, private sector, and non-profit organizations to discuss rapid advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and system developments, policy challenges, and potential application in the developing world.  Following four presentations, participants brainstormed on applications of micro to midsized UAVs in domestic and civilian environments.  They also discussed potential policy challenges and logistical hurdles surrounding UAVs.

Some topics included using UAVs to track wildlife and interdict poachers in Africa; interest in UAV technology in the US and internationally; as well as increasing applications of UAVs in the developing world’s infrastructure and rural environments.
One of the more interesting ideas presented was Matternet Vision, which was conceived at Singularity University as a way to utilize unmanned aerial systems for delivering light cargo in rural and developing environments where infrastructure is insufficient.
If you are interested, here are links to drone funding opportunities:

Also, don’t forget to review and add to the Drones Resource Document for your continued topical explorations.

Samuel Bendett is a Research Analyst (Domestic Disaster Response) for the TIDES Project at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy in National Defense University

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