UAV Search and Rescue

By their very nature search and rescue operations are time sensitive, with every second counts. New technology and equipment used for UAV search and rescue can provide critical support to your search and rescue operations.

In a typical UAV search and rescue scenario, UAVs are deployed in an area of interest, perform sensory operations to gather information, detect the signs or presence of a victim, and send data and imagery to a rescue team on-scene or to remote command station. Unmanned drone search and rescue missions also allow teams to avoid unnecessarily entering hazardous areas while searching a wider area quickly and for less cost than traditional plane or helicopters.

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UAVs used for search and rescue in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina were invaluable in covering large flooded areas to locate victims a quickly as possible. The uses of drones in search and rescue are extensive and can include:

  • UAV remote area search and rescue scene assessments
  • UAV monitoring of flooded areas after hurricanes or tsunamis
  • UAV natural disaster scene search and rescue and scene inspections
  • UAV avalanche rescue
  • Remote drone monitoring of gas, chemical and nuclear related accidents
  • Data gathering at accident scenes including car, train or plane crashes

Sensor technology for drone Search and Rescue missions offer an impressive array of solutions.

  • UAV FLIR or Forward Looking Infrared is a highly effective way of scanning an area to distinguish land and foliage from the heat given off by humans or animals day or night.
  • HD Video and Photography allow search and rescue personnel the ability to see areas of interest in fine detail before committing to a rescue plan.

Additional sensors can alert rescuers of other dangers such as gas leaks or radiation before entering a rescue scene.

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Thermal Imaging Features & Specifications


  • Options include the world’s smallest thermal Imager
  • Enhanced IR sensor
  • Greater heat detection than common thermopile arrays
  • Thermal sensitivity <50 mK
  • Multiple lens options: 50° / 25° FOV
  • Spectral range Longwave infrared, 8 μm to 14 μm
Product Features

Programmable Search Grids

Mission Planning software takes the guess work out of search grids. You can easily configure your mission to include expanded search areas, loiter points and ensure that you have covered the ground within the search area effectively. 

Combine this automated search pattern feature with live Thermal Imaging and HD video back to the base station and you have one of the most powerful search tools available.