Canberra’s nerds bow to no-one in their mastery of the nerd arts.
An unmanned aerial drone was able to find a dummy of a missing bushwalker with no human intervention in what CSIRO believes is a world-first for a non-military drone.
The Outback Rescue Challenge, a competition for developers of “unmanned airbourne vehicles” (UAVs), was held at Kingaroy in Queensland from Monday to Wednesday.
CSIRO researchers say the performance this week by amateur group Canberra UAV means drones could be assisting rescue workers in as little as five years.
Sadly they didn’t get a water bottle to Outback Joe so will have to enjoy an encouragement award.
(Thanks to PostalGeek for the tip)