Unmanned Search and Rescue

Paving the Way for UAV Search and Rescue (SAR) Operations

With new innovation in drone technology, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have become a viable option for search and rescue missions. UAS and drones provide an aerial vantage point for locating desired targets, helping first responders assess a situation and key insights to providing the best recovery services. UAVs save considerable cost over manned aircraft and can be deployed in a matter of minutes.

Use cases include:

  1. Locating missing persons with high-resolution cameras or thermal infrared sensors
  2. Delivering emergency supplies or communication equipment to stranded or lost persons
  3. Monitoring natural disasters such as fires and floods to enable a safer and more prepared rescue effort
  4. Dropping life-saving flotation devices (buoys, PFDs, etc.) to individuals in turbulent waters

Current FAA regulations prohibit drone flights at altitudes over 400 feet, deploying at night, or flying beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) without a waiver.