Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and the systems that support them could multitask in unique ways; for example, by using software to track firefighters on the ground before dropping forest fire retardant a safe distance away. (Credit: NASA/Domenic Hart)

Natural disasters, like wildfires and hurricanes, can lead to many lives lost and billions of dollars in costs across the U.S. each year. To help reduce that impact, drones have great potential to assist emergency responders.

NASA’s STEReO project will work to design tools and operations for future emergency response efforts.