ALTI UAS Launches Enhanced VTOL UAV for Search and Rescue Operations

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Knysna, South Africa, 24 November 2018 – ALTI UAS, world-leading unmanned aircraft developer and manufacturing company, launches a Search and Rescue version of the ALTI Transition VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). This comes after some of the worst fires in South African history recently swept through the local area of Knysna.  

The ALTI Transition SAR ‘Orange’ is a specific version of the ALTI Transition designed for search and rescue missions. It’s compact, rapid, smart, advanced and includes a unique vibration damping mount for the combustion engine, allowing up to 12 hours of endurance per flight with a 900km range.

The key difference with this version of the ALTI Transition is the bright orange Search and Rescue color scheme, along with disaster specific payload integration, ideal for firefighting support and post-disaster management and damage assessment. The ALTI Transition is a pure VTOL UAV and transitions from hover to fixed-wing flight mode. Its modular frame allows for transporting within a pelican case and easy set up within 10minutes. It does not require any additional equipment such as a catapult or landing strip. This allows search and rescues to launch instantly from just about anywhere and to carry the necessary equipment, it supports a wide range of payloads with a capacity of up to 1.5kg.

Duran De Villiers, Owner & Director at ALTI UAS commented “The new ALTI Transition SAR ‘Orange’ has been designed specifically for search and rescue missions and can capture precise, detailed footage and information from above, along with thermal cameras allowing fire crews to see through smoke, see exactly what the fire is doing, where hot spots are and the ability to quickly and effectively relay this information to the right people. Another massive advantage is the ability to fly when it’s too dangerous for manned aircraft to fly, there was a fatal accident with a local firefighting helicopter pilot that died during the recent fires here in Knysna, I actually flew with him once and it’s a great loss, if we can assist in preventing further losses with our technology, then only are we doing our job.”

The ALTI Transition offers best-in-class performance and is the leading small VTOL system on the market and has been shipping since early 2017. The new ALTI Transition SAR ‘Orange’ is enhanced to support emergency rescue operations by capturing detailed footage from above, allowing for supply drops, locating trapped victims and to survey, record and analyze terrain. It has been designed for every day, all day operation with a low hourly operation cost of only $3.50.

Duran said further “The ALTI Transition drastically cuts down on expenses, keep rescuers safe by doing most of the dangerous work, and ultimately speeds up all efforts related to the entire rescue. After all, every second counts in these types of situations.”