UgCS & Airborne Response unveil new search pattern planning feature for UAS
UgCS, a provider of mission planning software for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), together with public safety and disaster response UAS experts Airborne Response, have developed a comprehensive search capability for drones that will allow remote pilots to more effectively conduct search and rescue (SAR) operations using the UgCS platform.
The new software enhancements will provide users with a variety of quickly customisable search patterns such as an “expanding square” and “creeping line” that can be easily deployed in emergency and non-emergency situations. Based on the flight altitude input by the operator, the UgCS software will automatically calculate key variables such as the course heading and track spacing necessary to provide the prescribed coverage area for a search target.
“As first responders, we are trained to develop an emergency search plan using time-tested and proven tactics,” says Tom “Oaty” Oatmeyer, Chief Pilot, Airborne Response. “The new enhancements to the UgCS mission planning software will allow remote pilots at every skill level to quickly plan and implement a professional search mission with a UAS.”
Mr Oatmeyer, an air rescue expert with 28 years of experience piloting helicopters for both the US Air Force and the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue department, worked directly with the UgCS development team to bring the new features to fruition. As an aircraft commander, he is credited with saving over 150 lives during various emergency and disaster response operations.
“The new UgCS search feature is designed to make searching for a target with a drone as simple and reliable as possible,” according to Janis Kuze, Sales Director of SPH Engineering. “We look forward to continue working with the Airborne Response team to further enhance the software capabilities and implement additional search pattern features.”
Airborne Response and UgCS have reached an agreement for Airborne Response to offer the UgCS mission planning software, and associated training, to public safety and emergency response professionals throughout the US.
“When lives are on the line, every second counts,” asserts mr Oatmeyer. “UgCS now represents another valuable link in the UAS technology chain to enhance the public safety mission.”