In the event of a natural disaster, rescue and cleanup crews have to use manned aircraft, such as helicopters, to assess damage. However, there already are drones which have the technological capability to take over the helicopter in these tasks. Drones designed for precision agriculture, are now being tested as damage assessment devices in the cases of natural disasters. The Hermes 450 drones is now capable for covering 40,000 acres in one hour, and can remain in flight for 17 hours. This makes it an ideal device for covering vast amounts of area effected by a natural disaster, such as an earthquake or hurricane. And while there is no need for damage assessment, these drones can return to being everyday agriculture drones.
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