Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG 2015

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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65 unmanned systems inside September/October 2015 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. A few years ago, Corporal Doug Green of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police used his Draganf lyer X4-ES UAS to save a man's life. The young man caught the edge of the shoulder as he was driving along Highway 5 in Canada, causing him to lose control and roll his car. But when emergency responders arrived on scene that night, the driver was nowhere to be found. This was in 2013, and the RCMP had been us- ing Draganfly's Draganflyer X4-ES for various missions since 2011. One of the officers on scene remembered that, and when STARS Air Ambu- lance had trouble finding the victim, they called Green, a Forensic Collision Reconstructionist, and asked him to bring the UAS to the location. It was a cold night, and emergency responders knew it might be too late if they didn't find the missing driver until the morning. In an effort to help locate him more quickly, workers back at the station identified the victim and called his cell phone. by Renee Knight Law enforcement agencies, both large and small, are incorporating unmanned aerial systems into their missions. Here's a look at how various agencies are using this evolving technology to improve effciencies and public safety, from crime scene investigation to search and rescue, and the challenges they face. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin FLYING UAS TO "When he answered he was pretty disoriented. He said he had no shoes on and was cold and wet. He had just walked through a bunch of swamps," Green said. "The cell phone provider gave us the GPS location of where that call was coming from, and it turned out to be two miles south of the roll- over scene. We went to that location, but by the time we got there he had wandered off some more. We did a ground search and found nothing, so we decided to deploy the Draganflyer." The Draganflyer was equipped with a small FLIR thermal imaging camera, which picked up three heat signals while in the air. The first heat signal was 200 meters away. They used the portable UAS to direct two firemen to that heat signal, which is how they finally found the driver. He was curled up on the tree line and very near the end of hypothermia. That life-saving mission is one of the most memorable the RCMP has flown over the years, but it's one of many. They use the Draganflyer X4-ES as well as the smaller Draganflyer Guard- PROTECT AND SERVE

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