New $80K search-and-rescue drone is off the ground and ready to save lives

Rovers Search and Rescue have added an important piece of equipment to their kit — a drone to help them finding lost and missing persons. 

The group began a fundraising effort in June 2018 for their new, top-of-the-line, unmanned aerial vehicle. 

“From my background in the fire service I can see a lot of places this thing can be used, besides just looking for somebody,” Harry Blackmore, SAR team coordinator, said Wednesday during a media conference in Paradise. 

“But, it will save us some time. Especially looking for people down over the side of cliffs and everything else, where you can’t get out over. Sometimes, as our weather is, you can’t get out in boats.”

The DJI Matric 210 RTK UAV, or drone, is equipped with two daytime cameras and an infrared camera for night searches, and is designed to fly in typical Newfoundland environments such as areas affected by electrical interference, wet environments, sub-zero temperatures and above-moderate wind speeds.

The drone itself

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