Archive for search-and-rescue

Federal Program for Search-and-Rescue UAVs Kicks off in B.C.

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 12, 2016

A one-year pilot project for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in search and rescue (SAR) is kicking off in British Columbia. Naomi Yamamoto, the minister of state for emergency preparedness, has announced the Emergency Management BC’s endorsement of [Read More]

DJI and EENA: How to Improve Emergency Response with UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 14, 2016

In partnership with the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), DJI has released a white paper sharing insights and best practices for the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in emergency situations. The white paper stems from a yearlong project [Read More]

DJI Sets out to Prove Drone Benefits for SAR in Rough Terrain

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 09, 2016

Search-and-rescue (SAR) tests from DJI have found that a properly equipped unmanned aircraft system (UAS) can find a missing person in a one-square-kilometer area within 20 minutes – which is 80% faster than traditional methods, according to Romeo Durscher, DJI’s [Read More]

UAVAir Teams with U.K. SAR Group for Drone Training

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 18, 2016

British drone-training center UAVAir says it has teamed up with Surrey Search & Rescue to deliver training for search-and-rescue (SAR) services. With a focus on SAR, the company’s course – approved by the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority – will include [Read More]

Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver UAVs to Patrol for Sharks, Support SAR

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 01, 2016

Australian financial services company Westpac has announced a sponsorship to trial autonomous, long-range Little Ripper Lifesaver unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to support search-and-rescue (SAR) operations and shark monitoring. The remotely controlled UAVs will initially patrol a number of northern New [Read More]

Insitu Conducts Arctic Search-and-Rescue UAS Demos for Coast Guard

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 06, 2015

Insitu recently conducted search-and-rescue (SAR) demonstrations with its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in the Arctic. The July 13-15 demonstrations, from Oliktok Point at the North Slope of Alaska, were part of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Research and Development [Read More]

Aerialtronics Ventures to Norway to Test Search-and-Rescue Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 01, 2015

Having spent two days in a harsh winter environment in Bykle Setesdal, Norway, Aerialtronics – headquartered in the Netherlands – has learned more on the importance of drones for search-and-rescue operations. The company's Altura Zenith – equipped with an Aerialtronics [Read More]

Cellular Network Attaches to Drone for Search-and-Rescue Flights

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 02, 2015

Star Solutions, a supplier of mobile network infrastructure solutions, has announced a new concept for unmanned search-and-rescue flights, ‘Cellular Network on Drone’ (COD). The COD uses Star Solutions' cellular network technology, which fits onto a drone, to allow first responders [Read More]

Proposed Search-and-Rescue UAV to Benefit Nevada Region

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 18, 2014

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office of Reno, Nev., has proposed a new regional project that incorporates an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to assist with search-and-rescue missions. The primary purpose of the project is to support the sheriff's statutory requirement to [Read More]

CyPhy, U.S. Air Force Testing Mini Search-and-Rescue UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 18, 2014

Danvers, Mass.-based robotics company CyPhy Works says it has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Air Force to help improve search-and-rescue operations with the use of the company's Extreme Access Pocket Flyer unmanned aerial system. Sponsored under the Department [Read More]

Search-And-Rescue Group Sues FAA Over UAV Prohibition

Posted by UAO Staff on April 22, 2014

A Texas-based nonprofit search-and-rescue organization is suing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the right to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Texas EquuSearch conducts missing-person searches around the U.S. and claims that since 2005, UAVs have helped find the remains [Read More]