Aerial monitoring solutions provider SkyX Systems has announced that Advanced Tactical Training Search and Rescue Division (ATTSAR) has adopted SkyX aerial systems for long-range search missions.
Recent findings have revealed that 133 people have been rescued worldwide by drone-operated missions since 2017 through to the first half of 2018, but quadcopter unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) – the most commonly deployed vehicle for these missions – have their limitations. But SkyX’s SkyOne claims to offer the solution: where drones can suffer issues of endurance, operational range and flying restrictions based on weather conditions, the SkyOne has been engineered with a range of at least 65 miles, endurance of up to one hour and a half, speeds of 40 to 75 mph, autonomous Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) and the ability to function effectively in a wide array of temperatures.
William Bolton, Senior Trainer, Advanced Training in Search and Rescue, ATTSAR, said: “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 [Canada] over difficult terrain, along riverbeds, or long beachfronts.”
In addition, the SkyX flight system can also be programmed and piloted remotely, which, as Bolton noted, is ideal for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations – enabling operation even in adverse weather conditions. Thanks to its VTOL capabilities, SkyX aerial systems require no launchers of runways and can take off from virtually anywhere.
COO at SkyX Systems Gav Martell added: “We’re thrilled to now help ATTSAR with their search and rescue missions – and to assist in bringing loved ones back together.”