Category Archives: Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Search & Rescue, Medicine.

Drones activities within the fields of Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Search & Rescue, Medicine.

Deputies use drone to find missing woman in Randolph County, North Carolina.

Difficult terrain and a corn field slowed the search on the ground.

Deputies and a K9 searched the area around the home on Thayer Road but Sheriff Robert Graves says difficult terrain and a corn field slowed the search.

Deputies then launched the department’s drone and were able to find the missing woman within 25 minutes.

She was reunited with her family.

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Police drone finds lost hunter near Byron, Minnesota.

An 84-year-old man is recovering today in a Rochester hospital — and is lucky to be alive, authorities said — after getting lost while scouting a hunting spot.

Officers set up “an extensive search” in the area and quickly found the man’s vehicle. It was in a field about three-quarters of a mile off the road, stuck in mud.

Authorities contacted the Rochester Police Department, which deployed its drone.  The drone’s infrared camera spotted the man at 9:38 p.m., about 90 minutes after it was launched. He was found about 250 yards from his vehicle “curled up in the fetal position, soaking wet and unresponsive.”

“Considering the area they were searching, it was a great job,”. The man was found in an area described as “marshy” and not visible from the road or field.  “This is why we got the drone,” said RPD Capt. John Sherwin.

The Minnesota State Patrol helicopters were unable to fly because of the weather Saturday night, the report says.

Cormorant cargo and medical evacuation UAV engine upgrade brings it one step closer to production

As Tactical Robotics Ltd. (TRL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics, ramps up to full-scale development and delivery of its Cormorant cargo and medical evacuation UAV, TRL announced that it is in the process of installing one of the most advanced and reliable helicopter engines in the world: Safran Helicopter Engines Arriel 2.

TRL in the process of installing the Safran Helicopter Engines Arriel 2 engine on its Cormorant cargo and medical evacuation UAV.

The additional power that the Arriel 2 offers over the currently installed Arriel 1D1 will enable operation at full load even in hot summer days, and it will enable an increase in cruise speed and load carrying capability. This shift to Arriel 2 power takes the Cormorant from its current status as a technology demonstrator one step closer to its final production configuration.

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Lifesaver drones will soon be auto-detecting sharks and shouting at swimmers from above.

One application we didn’t see coming is this, the Shark Spotter, a new initiative being tested by the Ripper Group out of New South Wales, Australia. In conjunction with local surf life saving services, the Ripper Group has been using a range of fairly serious-grade UAVs to assist with lifeguard duties.

From the shore, or even when you’re out there floating in the water, sharks are more or less invisible underwater, unless they decide to go the full Jawstreatment and poke their top fins out of the water. The inability to really see what’s happening underneath you is one of the reasons so many people have thalassophobia, or an intense fear of the sea.

But sharks are often very visible from directly above, so the Ripper Group is developing systems and algorithms that will give airborne drones the ability to constantly and automatically scan for sharks around surf beaches.

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Drone video captures teen rescuing man from capsized boat in Jupiter, Florida.

Drone video captured a 13-year-old boy making a daring rescue Friday afternoon after a boat capsized off the coast of the Jupiter Inlet.

Sam Ruskin and his cousin were surfing at that very moment, just a few hundred yards away.

“At first, we just saw all the boxes from the boat in the middle of the sea, and we were kind of like, ‘What’s going on?’” Ruskin said.

The Independence Middle School student immediately paddled towards the end of the inlet and gave the man his surfboard.

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Thermal Imaging Drone Helps Find Lost Horse.

The horse was lost Friday in Stafford, Connecticut and found by the drone on Saturday.

A horse lost since Friday was found just before dusk on Saturday with the help of a search party and a drone with thermal imaging capability deployed by the Vernon Emergency Management Department’s Aviation Unit.

“Credit is due to Sergeant and pilot Marra, whose expert flying allowed us to zero in on the lost horse and bring forth a happy reunion with with its owner,”

The drone was flying at about 350 feet when Midas was spotted.

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Drone temporarily halts a life flight rescue in Washington County, Utah.

According to the St. George News, a mountain biker on a trail was flown to the hospital after severely fracturing his leg.  A drone that was being flown in the area prevented the helicopter from reaching the injured man, according to reports.  The rider was inaccessible to fire trucks, forcing respondents to reach the injured man on foot.

“We couldn’t even get our UTV anywhere close to where the men were located, and it even took a while on the phone with the other rider to actually identify where they were even located,” St. George Fire Battalion Chief Robert Hooper said.

Paramedics on the scene determined that the injured man was unable to be moved, and decided to call Intermountain Life Flight.  Soon after calling the helicopter, respondents were tipped off that there was a drone in the area. As a result, they were forced to temporarily postpone the flight until the airspace was determined to be safe.

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DJI WILL SHARE DRONE OWNER INFO WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT

DJI, the world’s largest drone maker, already exercises control over how people can operate their drones by imposing geo-fences around airports (in compliance with FAA regulations). They also enable geo-fences around areas where law enforcement has requested a Temporary Flight Restriction–such as wildfires or, more controversially, protests. Now they’re rolling out a technology called AeroScope which will broadcast the equivalent of a “drone license plate number” to law enforcement officials with the proper receiver, ensuring that drone owners can no longer operate their craft with anonymity.

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LAPD becomes nation’s largest police department to test drones.

After months of often-heated debate, a civilian oversight panel Tuesday signed off on a yearlong test of drones by the Los Angeles Police Department, which will become the largest police department in the nation to deploy the controversial technology.

The Police Commission’s 3-1 vote prompted jeers, cursing and a small protest that spilled into a downtown intersection just outside the LAPD’s glass headquarters — evidence of the opposition police have faced in recent weeks as they tried to reassure wary residents that the airborne devices would not be misused.

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