uah p 18024

Docket: UAH-P-18024


When disastrous events happen like forest fires, terrorist bombings, house fires, building collapses, missing persons, and climate catastrophes, the safest and most efficient way to investigate them is by using a video drone. While some hobbyist drones with cameras exist, they are often made with inexpensive plastics that can only be used in ideal weather conditions. These type of drones also face risk of failure and damage when flying through smoke and fire.

Researchers at UAH have developed solutions to address various issues drone users create. The technology accounts for both cost-efficiency and environmental dangers that pose a threat. This technology includes a list of selected plastics commonly used to make drones and ways certain contaminants affect them to allow manufacturers the ability to specialize drones for different situations. Along with this, a collection of methods to prevent and remove drone/UAV contamination is present to ensure the drone is safe to handle after use.

By employing the best plastic for hazards, this specialization and use of drones with cameras creates a more effective solution than currently available for the personnel investigating dangerous situations. Drone manufacturers often do not consider environmental dangers to the drones until they inexplicably fail, making this research extremely valuable to maximize future efficiency and longevity over existing productions.


  • First response aid
  • Firefighting efforts


  • Customization
  • Safe


  • State of Development: Proof of concept
  • Licensing Status: Available for licensing
  • Patent Status: Proprietary