Helicopters Versus Drones for Search and Rescue in the UK: An Overview of the Battle

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Please note: the technical term for drones – ‘unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)’ – will be used throughout this blog post.

The current solution for aerial search and rescue (SAR) missions relies on the costly involvement of the Her Majesty’s Coastguard (HMCG) SAR helicopter service. Rapid advances in technology have enabled more capability to be placed on smaller unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) airframes, including similar human detection sensors that are present on-board the SAR helicopters. But can UAVs compare with these multi-million pound aerial vehicles? The SkyBound Rescuer Project aims to find out. A series of blog posts will compare these two forms of aerial rescue vehicle: SAR helicopters versus SAR UAVs, who will win? Sign up for email subscriptions to be notified of these posts, be the first to watch the battle unfold.

To read the round 1 of the battle, please click here.

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