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Problem: After a fire, an accident or in hazardous search-and-rescue operations, first responders need to quickly assess the situation and determine how to assist or find people in dangerous situations.  The need to rapidly capture evidence, record accident and crime scenes, search the area for evidence, and provide first responder safety. The various payloads available with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) can expedite the search process based on mission requirements.

Requirements: To improve employee safety, reduce cost of inspections and decrease time required to complete inspections, first responders require systems that:

  • Are compact, lightweight and easily deployed
  • Can carry a unique payload based on needs

Solution: The 30x payload camera or Duo+ day/night/thermal camera on Lockheed Martin’s Indago quadrotor unmanned aerial system (UAS). In addition to capturing high resolution images and video, Indago can record and live-stream data with a smooth, stable video capability, day or night. This payload can not only gather thermal images, it also has a built in laser illuminator which are crucial in search and rescue operations in rugged terrain such as with missing hunters or hikers.

Indago is a vertical takeoff and landing UAS, weighs less than five pounds and can be used in various terrains. Indago can capture detailed images from 300 feet away and can be used in all weather, even when manned aircraft are grounded. Using an Indago instead of, or to supplement, other aerial assets leads to improved safety and cost savings in managing response to a fire, accident or missing person case.