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Press Release 05-160

Small, Unmanned Aircraft Search for Survivors in Katrina Wreckage

Hurricane search and rescue is one of first domestic uses of such vehicles

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An unmanned aerial vehicle searches wreckage for survivors in Pearlington, Miss.

An unmanned aerial vehicle searches wreckage for survivors in Pearlington, Miss., following Hurricane Katrina. The vehicle is operated by the Safety Security Rescue Research Center, one of the National Science Foundation's Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers.

Credit: Safety Security Rescue Research Center


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Mike Lotre, John Dugan and Robin Murphy monitor the UAVs during their deployment.

Safety Security Rescue Research Center team members Mike Lotre, John Dugan and Robin Murphy monitor the UAVs during their deployment in Pearlington, Miss. The center is one of the NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers.

Credit: Safety Security Rescue Research Center


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A UAV captured this image of devastation in Pearlington, Miss., following Hurricane Katrina.

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An unmanned aerial vehicle operated by Safety Security Rescue Research Center (SSRRC) team members captured this image of devastation in Pearlington, Miss., during a search for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. SSRRC is one of the National Science Foundation's Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers.

Credit: Safety Security Rescue Research Center/National Science Foundation