Search and Rescue

UAVs/RPAs and Drones play a huge role when tasked to Search and Rescue roles. Imagine a scenario where conventional helicopters, personnel on the ground and UAVs/RPAs all worked together to search larger areas, more quickly for missing persons. The UAV can tackle the difficult terrain such as gullies, valleys and small areas of open water. They could even be ahead of the ground search party showing the upcoming terrain and allowing the ground searchers to make better decisions about covering the terrain.

The UAV/RPA would be equipped with two main cameras, a Thermal camera and an RGB (Red, Green, and Blue) daylight camera. The live stream is feedback to the ground via either (or both) a digital link back to the command and control center and/or an analogue feed, allowing anyone with a compatible analogue receiver to view the feed. This way the entire team can see the video in (near) real-time allowing the Search and Rescue coordinators to make the most up to date decisions. NQ UAV is able to integrate with the conventional helicopters and/or fixed wings to aid and assist in the Search & Rescue efforts.

Search and Rescue can be extended to other humanitarian tasks; post a natural disaster UAVs can be invaluable at providing a high detail overview of the situation. Mapping out areas that conventional aircraft cannot, as well as a first response to looking over floodwaters. Locating people trapped on top of cars, houses or stranded in boats means that the rescue helicopters can spend more time doing the actual rescuing, and less time spent searching. In this way, conventional aircraft and UAV’s operate collaboratively to improve the efficiency of a search and rescue mission.