It is becoming obvious that autonomous robotic devices are able to function in ways that humans cannot. For example, an unmanned heavy lift drone can fly a mission in weather too rough for a piloted aircraft to fly in. It can also fit into tight canyons and places a traditional helicopter cannot. If you don’t believe us, check out the Griff Aviation Saviour from Norway.
Then when you add the drop release of medical supplies, flotation devices, etc. and you have so many combinations of ways that drones can outperform our traditional ways of rescuing people.
An Australian company recently made headlines when one of it’s drones performed an ocean rescue on it’s first day on the job, performing several minutes faster than a lifeguard could have, according to an article written by the Heritage Foundation. The Ripper company develops rescue pods that are dropped to a person in distress, by a drone. The pods include life rafts, thermal blankets, EPIRBS, and other lifesaving items. Visit https://thelittleripper.com.au for more info
UASTrakker just debuted the worlds first “EPIRB Tracking System” for drones at AUVSI in Denver. By integrating a wide band radio receiver with the Flight Computer, they have developed a world class system for drone navigation, capable of responding to signals on most major rescue channels. This type of system can speed up the location of people missing at sea or in the wilderness, by navigating a drone to them using traditional Personal Locater Beacon Technology. Check out www.uastrakker.com for more info on this Florida based aerospace company.
General Drones, from Italy, has a rescue drone platform called the Auxdron Lifeguard Drone. It locates a person in distress, drops an inflatable raft to them, stays and provides situational awareness to the rescue team until help arrives.
Just recently, the Douglas County Colorado Search and Rescue Team used drones to locate missing hikers and their dog, finding them in just 4 hours instead of a days long search. Read this story from AUVSI https://www.auvsi.org/industry-news/douglas-county-search-and-rescue-team-uses-uas-locate-and-rescue-missing-hikers Lives Saved FINAL
Chinese drone manufacturer DJI released a study in March of 2017 suggesting that drones were responsible for at least 1 life saved each week, globally. Click here to download the report, if you haven’t already seen it. They also sponsor a lot of research in the field of Search And Rescue.