Category Archives: Drones At Work

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.

Meet the PackDrone. An origami-like structure allows it to fold flat.

Inspired to create a drone that could be deployed in search and rescue missions to deliver food, water and first aid to those trapped, its collapsible, cage-like structure ensures the ultimate in safety and portability. We caught up with Przemyslaw Mariusz Kornatowski  to discover how he made the leap from paper crane to origami drone, and where the tech may take us.

The key driver for Kornatowski was to build a drone that would be safe flying in proximity to people while delivering parcels. But not just any parcels, he had a distinct purpose in mind.

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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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