The Great Wall of China is more than 2,000 years old, so naturally, it could use some work.
However, this world wonder is more than 13,000 miles long, stretching over a wide range of terrain that can be very steep, rocky, eroded and dangerous for people to access. That makes repairs a little tricky.
In an effort to address the issue, Intel and the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation are partnering on a plan to deploy drones to scan 3D images of parts of the wall that have fallen into disrepair, MIT Technology Review reported.
In the 700-year-old Jiankou region of the wall, near Beijing, the drone fleet could help prioritize repairs along the mountainous terrain.
“Using drones, we are able to inspect multiple aspects of the structure including areas that are quite inaccessible,” Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager of Intel’s drone team, said in a statement. “We look forward to leveraging our technology to aid in the preservation of more world heritage sites in the future.”