Saving People is our Business
Search And Rescue (SAR) operations have one critical element, time. The faster you can respond and the quicker you can find your target the more chance you have of a successful operation. Whether its at sea or on land Helicopters, lifeboats and man power are the three most common methods to undertake SAR operations. Whilst these methods are tried and tested they have their downfalls as they can be expensive, time consuming and inaccurate.
UAV's are the newest technology to be used in SAR operations. Drones are a cost effective tool that provides an excellent platform to assist with search operations. Different camera or sensor types can be fitted that can help with gathering data. Typical camera types that can be used are Thermal imaging and RGB cameras, more information on each of these cameras can be found on our technology page. The data can remotely fed back to a central control station and stitched together to provide a detailed map of the covered area. The altitude that you fly at will directly affect the area that you and cover and the detail of the recorded data. There are three main benefits to using UAV's in SAR operations.
Time is the most critical element in SAR operations. The quicker you can locate and rescue the person/s in distress the better chance there is of a successful mission. UAV's can be easily transported and quickly deployed at the search locations. They can cover far greater areas of land in a far shorter time than a person could on foot. For known danger areas such as dangerous mountain passes or coastal areas, UAV's can be stationed close by and piloted remotely from a central location. This allows for the entire location to be covered from a single point and once the target is located the data can be provided to the rescue party. This can vastly reduce the amount of time taken to locate and rescue the persons in distress.
The information gathered during search operations is critical to ensure a positive outcome. Mission planning software can accurately set out a search grid that will help gather required data. Dependant on what height the UAV is flown at will determine the search area covered in a single flight and also the quality of the data received. By using different sensor types you can quickly gather the most detailed information that will help with the rescue operation. The area in which a UAV can cover in a single flight is far greater than what a search party can cover on foot. These programmable and multi data functions provide a far more efficient means of search than standard methods.
Another critical factor in SAR operations is to limit the amount of danger to other people during the rescue or search activities. Drones can be used to survey the location of a disaster or search area to establish if there are any dangers to the rescue party such as felled buildings, trees or electricity lines, dangerous cliff faces or even to establish the best route of access to the target location. Helicopters and Lifeboats take a number of persons to operate and these people are commonly put in harms way. The more you can limit these people involvement the less likely the chance of anyone else getting injured unnecessarily. Carrying our search operations to pinpoint the target is far safer by drone and the data used can be provided to a rescue party to limit their time at risk in dangerous situations.
Thunder Tiger Aviation UAV's
Thunder Tiger Aviation (TTA) UAV's are designed specifically with SAR operations in mind. Their speed, Flight time and stability makes them the ideal platform to carry out search operations. The most common hinderance of typical UAV's being used in SAR is the flight time and stability. TTA drones can be in the air for 90 mins and more in a single flight. This allows for a far greater area to be covered on a single flight and also for areas that typical drones could not get to due to the limited flight time. The superior speed of our UAV's allows us to get to the area of interest in a far shorter time than the standard UAV and once there our stability allows us to operate in harsher weather conditions.
Another benefit that TTA UAV's provide is the lift capabilities. We can carry life saving eqiupement such as life vests or thermal blankets to people in distress. This can provide critical help for them until the rescue team can reach them.
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