Foxbat Light Aircraft
The Foxbat is our light aircraft, capable of several hours flight time and carries two crew, one pilot and one searcher. The ‘bubble’ style doors allow the crew to look straight down from the sides of the aircraft giving them excellent visual range. Video is streamed live from the cockpit to the ground crew giving them an additional view.
We use several rotor powered UAVs. We have some we use as first response with live feed and some that are larger hexcopters which can carry equipment. The larger UAV can be fitted with thermal or infrared cameras. They can operate up to 500 meters from the pilot and with a flight time of around 20 minutes.
The hexcopters also provide precise location coordinates.
Fixed Wing UAV
The fixed wing UAV flys in up to 30mph winds with a flight time of over 30 minutes. Carrying a colour optical camera, autopilot and wireless video relay, it is designed for fast, wide area searches.
It is launched by hand and requires a very small landing area making it ideal for quick deployment and retrieval.
The tracked vehicle is for specialist deployments only, such as hazardous material discovery (HAZMAT) or dangerous building entry.
It carries a range of cameras and/or sensors, can open doors, climb stairs and is remotely operated similar to the UAVs.
Foxbat over Slieve Croob
The Foxbat flying over some of the more challenging conditions of Slieve Croob, after over eight feet of snow fell in the area.
All of the Sky Watch UAVs, UGVs and aerostats are provided by Search Systems for Sky Watch to use in the search for missing persons. Without their sponsorship we would not be able to provide this invaluable service. For more information visit www.searchsystems.eu