SkyX Systems, an aerial monitoring solutions provider, today announced that Advanced Tactical Training Search & Rescue Division (ATTSAR) is using SkyX aerial systems for long-range search missions, far surpassing the distance that most drones on the market can deliver.
According to a recent announcement, 133 people have been rescued as a result of drone-operated missions worldwide from 2017 through the first half of 2018, showcasing the importance in deploying drone technology for search and rescue missions. However, quadcopter UAVs, the vehicle of choice for such missions, have multiple limitations, including endurance of the drone itself, the range at which it can operate without a controller, and the weather conditions they could operate in.
SkyX’s award-winning system gets around those issues. SkyOne has been engineered with a range of at least 65 miles, endurance up to an hour and half, minimum speed of 40 mph and maximum speed of 75 mph, autonomous vertical takeoff and landing, and the ability to function effectively in a wide array of temperatures. Furthermore, the SkyX flight system can be programmed and piloted remotely – perfectly suited for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations and negates the need for a pilot to be onsite to control the drone.
“Search and rescue missions are high-pressure, time-sensitive moments where every second counts in increasing the chances that we’ll find individuals safe and unharmed,” said William Bolton, Senior Trainer, Advanced Training in Search and Rescue, ATTSAR. “It’s paramount that we use the latest technology to aid our efforts, which is why we’ve chosen to work with SkyX. The longer flight duration enables us to conduct missions in Southern Ontario over difficult terrain, along riverbeds, or long beachfronts. Additionally, SkyX BVLOS capabilities and ability to operate in various weather conditions – all of which set SkyX apart from other solutions – provides us comfort in knowing that we’re partnering with best-in-class companies to maximize our chances of finding people quickly and safely.”
“We’re thrilled to now help ATTSAR with their search and rescue missions – and to assist in bringing loved ones back together,” says Gav Martell, COO at SkyX Systems. “When a person is reported lost, the ability to act quickly and scan a large distance in a short amount of time are mission critical. Our aerial systems are up and running in less than 30 minutes, we’re able to search for people in varied conditions, and covering more than a 65 mile radius.”
SkyX aerial systems can be deployed from virtually anywhere with no need for launchers or runways, given its Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) capabilities.