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Three mini-drones deployed by the UN for emergency relief

(B2) The United Nations Satellite Office (UNOSAT) confirmed this last week. It will acquire three drones for its emergency or civil relief operations. The first will arrive by the end of 2011, ordered from the Swiss firm Swinglet CAM, the second is ordered for 2012 while the purchase of a third is planned for 2013. They could be used for example in a very limited area to collect certain images, as close as possible to the field, but also to allow the deployment of emergency, for example to install a “wireless internet” relay and thus create a WiFi zone that emergency teams could use. The result of more than a year of research and experimental tests, these mini-drones are quite different from the drones used by the military (Predator or others). They are very light – less than a kilogram – and small – 80 cms. They can only stay in the air for 30 minutes and are therefore intended to collect images or operate over a small area. An idea for Europeans?…

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).