Drones for Search & Rescue Missions

Search and Rescue Drones

Drones, Sensors, Searchlights and Spotlights

Search And Rescue Drones

Drones have revolutionised search and rescue operations.

At least 750 people around the world have been rescued as a direct result of drone technology, according to official stats from DJI.

Drones are vital for search and rescue operations for the following reasons:

  • Efficient large area coverage
  • Easily reach difficult-to-access areas and scale tricky terrain
  • Quick and cost-effective to deploy
  • Can fly low to the ground
  • Thermal and zoom cameras aid searches
  • Integrate loudspeakers and spotlights for enhanced mission versatility
  • Drone data can be used to build 2D maps and 3D models for vital situational awareness

Thermal camera drones can see things that you can't spot with the naked eye, such as this police dog handler camouflaged into the dark background



Best Drones For Search And Rescue

The best drones, sensors and payloads for Search & Rescue missions.

DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise

Lightweight, foldable and quickly deployable drones for search and rescue.

Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced specs:

  • Integrated thermal and visual sensors
  • Visual camera: 48MP, 32x digital zoom; Thermal: 640 x 512 px resolution, 16x zoom.
  • Compatible with modular accessories: Spotlight, loudspeaker and beacon to aid search and rescue missions
  • -10°C to 40°C operating temperature
  • 6km (CE) operating distance
  • Up to 31 minutes flight time

Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced

Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual



Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced vs Dual

Best-in-class RGB and Thermal performance with RTK level precision.

The Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced is a much-improved version of the original Mavic 2 Enterprise and Dual. It features high-class visual, thermal, zoom and RTK capabilities in one package. Upgrades include:

  • Higher Resolution Camera: Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced has a 48MP visual sensor, compared to the 12MP camera on the Dual and Original. The M2EA's sensor is a 1/2" CMOS vs 1/2.3" previously.
  • Better Thermal Sensor: The Advanced has 640 x 512 px thermal resolution, with 30Hz frame rate, compared to 160 x 120 px at 9Hz on the Dual. The M2EA can store thermal imagery as R-JPEG;.
  • More Powerful Zoom: The M2EA has 32x digital zoom, and dedicated 16x thermal zoom, much more powerful than the previous version.
  • RTK Module: The M2EA can be integrated with an RTK module, providing centimetre-level positioning.
  • Waypoints: The M2EA can generate up to 240 waypoints to enable automated and more complex missions vs only 99 waypoints on the Dual.

The resolution of your thermal sensor can be the difference between success and failure - M2EA has a radiometric 640 x 512px resolution sensor with a 30Hz frame rate. In comparison, the Dual has a non-radiometric 160 x 120px, 9Hz sensor.

Search And Rescue Drone Case Studies

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Search And Rescue Drone Training

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