Comprehensive List of UAVs for Humanitarian Response

The Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) is carrying out a comprehensive evaluation of UAVs and related technologies for use in humanitarian settings. We’ve developed an evaluation framework for this assessment and have now drafted this list of UAV models to determine which are worth evaluating. As you’ll note, the link also points to three other related lists: cameras, sensors and software for image processing and analysis. We’ll be evaluating these as well to identify which are the best fit for use by humanitarians in the field.


We are actively seeking feedback on these preliminary lists in order to identify which items we should prioritize for evaluation. The lists are available in this open and editable Google Spreadsheet. Each list include a column for you to add any comments you might have about any entries. We’re particularly interested in getting feedback on which items are not worth evaluating and which should be added at to the list. Thank you!


See Also:

  • Crisis Map of UAV/Aerial Videos for Disaster Response [link]
  • How UAVs are Making a Difference in Disaster Response [link]
  • Humanitarians Using UAVs for Post Disaster Recovery [link]
  • Grassroots UAVs for Disaster Response [link]
  • Using UAVs for Search & Rescue [link]
  • Debrief: UAV/Drone Search & Rescue Challenge [link]
  • Crowdsourcing Analysis of UAV Imagery for Search/Rescue [link]
  • Check-List for Flying UAVs in Humanitarian Settings [link]

5 responses to “Comprehensive List of UAVs for Humanitarian Response

  1. Hi Patrick,

    Can I suggest some additions (in case you have not considered them, if so just ignore)?

    Camera: Canon SX260 and SX 230 (seems to be a popular choice)
    Software: ImageJ (Fiji)

    Great list. Thanks!


  2. Hi Patrick

    this is a great initiative. Could I suggest the evaluation also considers the data link and spectrum requirements for flight control as well as data feeds from the sensor payload.

    Also it may be an advantage to include any particular safety features for loss of control or component failure. Ulitmately anti-collision systems will also need to be addes to this category as the technology matures.


  3. Pingback: Humanitarians in the Sky: Using UAVs for Disaster Response | iRevolution

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