Student Research

How the uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and their Systems Can Assist in Solving Regional Challenges

GMA 400 - Senior Seminar Research

It was just over a century ago when manned flight transformed how humans approach global affairs and regional challenges. In just over two decades, unmanned flight is attempting to overcome the same challenges through technological innovations. In a newly emerging field, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have the potential to be an efficient means to solve human problems including, disease, crime, food insecurity, and war. While Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are shown to have positive impacts on human issues, their applications should require thoughtful considerations before capital is invested. In several cases, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are not an appropriate choice, though further development of the technology in the future can increase their effectiveness. However, in the cases where Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are determined to be effective, particularly non-profit based solutions, their implementation is highly beneficial and recommended. Recommended funding solutions include current governmental aid programs vectoring funding allocation towards humanitarian development and research of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Solutions based on new cost-effective solutions.