The Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue

The Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) is a nonprofit corporation organized to foster unmanned systems being effectively used by formal emergency management agencies

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CRASAR is the oldest institution devoted to promoting the use of ground, marine and aerial unmanned systems for public safety. Since 2001, our trained volunteers have assisted incident command at 28 disasters, including building collapses, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, marine mass casualty events, nuclear accidents, tsunamis, underground mine explosions, and volcanic eruptions, in 5 countries.

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  • Two Notes About Flying Small UAS for Wildfires

    Posted by Robin Murphy on Aug 06, 2018 at 5:14 pm America/Chicago

    The California wildfires have generated significant interest in small UAS. Here are two observations about flying small UAS for wildfires: If you have a small UAS, don’t fly it unless you are really, truly authorized to fly. Large wildland fires...READ MORE

  • Best Practices for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems for Floods Now Available!

    Posted by Joan Quintana on Jun 21, 2018 at 8:10 am America/Chicago

    With the extreme weather throughout the US, we’ve put together a 1-page just-in-time guide for public safety agencies capturing the 6 major recommendations for using sUAS during the response phase of the disaster. The guide is based on CRASAR’s deployment...READ MORE

  • Lessons Learned: Deploying UAVs for Volcano Eruption Response

    Posted by Joan Quintana on Jun 11, 2018 at 10:30 pm America/Chicago

    Having recently supported the response to Hawaii volcano eruption at Kilauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone, we offer the following insights and lessons learned regarding use of UAVs for volcano eruption response. Night flights of UAVs are very effective. Manned...READ MORE

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