In the UK last year, more than 53% of SAR Search missions were either maritime or coastal. Of the 297 searches conducted, 269 were incomplete, resulting in over £4,000,000 being spent on unproductive manned flight time.
Using drones for initial search missions can save both time and money and have been proven to make missions more successful. When time and resources are stretched to the limit, valuable assets can remain on stand-by whilst specialist UAS systems search and detect targets in the water.
Visual detection & ranging ‘ViDAR’ uses HD camera arrays with autonomous learning algorithms, to automatically detect sea surface objects invisible to the human eye, feeding back real-time imagery to ground crews.
Not all search and rescue drones utilise ViDAR – find out more about how Visual Detection & Ranging technology works and why it’s so good for SAR missions.
ViDAR has been successfully demonstrated to the USCG, UK Royal Navy & Marine Coastguard Agency.
Martek UAS is offering Maritime Search and Rescue services in close partnership with Sentient ViDAR on our Vertical Take Off and Landing platform, the UMS Skeldar V-200, to identify and save lives at sea.
Soon the world will wonder how it ever managed without ViDAR, which will in time save thousands of lives and drastically improve maritime situational awareness.
Guidance Notes: Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – click here