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Problem: Lives are at stake when individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, Autism and Down syndrome wander from their homes. Project Lifesaver International is a public safety nonprofit organization that works with first responders to return these individuals to their homes or facilities, and the organization has conducted more than 3,000 rescues in the past 16 years. Time is critical when people are missing, and airborne search and rescue can be costly and time consuming.

Requirements: To improve its ability to locate missing individuals, Project Lifesaver required a system that:

  • Could be rapidly deployed
  • Could carry a unique payload with the location antenna and tracking system.

Solution: Lockheed Martin integrated an antenna and receiver with the Indago quadrotor unmanned aerial system (UAS), which can be stored in any squad car and deployed in less than 5 minutes. Using Indago extends Project Lifesaver agencies’ search areas from one and a half miles to well over seven miles.

The vertical takeoff and landing UAS provides an eye-in-the-sky that is suited for urban or heavily forested areas because it does not require a large space to takeoff or land. Indago is a safe and effective airborne search and rescue tool that can be used in all weather, even when manned aircraft are grounded.