‘Drones’ saving lives thanks to Central Texas non-profit

Caisey Claiborne

Its sUAS News podcast co-host Gene Robinson shining light in this dark time for North American UA folks.

Caisey Claiborne

Gene Robinson with the non-profit RP Search Services in Wimberley prefers not to use the “D-Word” — Drone.

He prefers “Unmanned Aircraft” and even though the technology is getting a bad rap, he’s hoping that will change.

“Unfortunately, all we ever see is the predator. That’s the stock footage that everyone uses of the predator and many times, they’re armed,” Robinson said.

But not these.

Weighing only around four pounds, these little guys can send live video to help firefighters know where a wildfire is or take high-resolution photographs to help locate a missing person.

And for several years, Texas Equusearch has been using RP Services to help with search and rescue.

Robinson says they can cover more area than 100 foot searchers in a shorter amount of time and see objects as small as six inches.

“We cannot read the newspaper on the dash of your car. But we can see a tennis shoe…we can see a T-shirt,” Robinson said.

He says they’ve been to 29 states and four countries and they’ve made 10 confirmed recoveries


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