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Aeryon Labs provides SkyRanger UAS to help assess tornado damage in Oklahoma

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Aeryon Labs provided its SkyRanger small UAS to help rapidly

and safely assess the damage caused by an EF-2 tornado that took place in Elk City, Oklahoma on May 16. 

The SkyRanger UAS was used to collect more than one hour of high definition video and georeferenced still imagery over the tornado’s damage.

Representatives from Aeryon Labs and Textron Systems Unmanned Systems’ Civil & Commercial team traveled more than 100 miles to the impact site of the tornado to provide full-motion video in real-time to the Emergency Operations Center in Oklahoma City and the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma.

Thanks to the AeryonLive Video & Telemetry technology, which “streams live video, images and aircraft telemetry from the SkyRanger sUAS across a secure bonded cellular network connection,” Oklahoma’s regional Emergency Operations Centers were able to receive the real-time video feed directly, and the National Weather Service also received a live broadcast of the video as well.

“We are honored that our technology and personnel could play a part in the disaster response effort in Oklahoma,” says Aeryon Labs’ CEO Bill McHale.

Dennis Racine, Textron Systems Senior Director of Sales and Marketing of Civil & Commercial Products, says, “it is difficult for first-responders to quickly assess the damage after a tornado impact due to downed powerlines and other debris.”

“However, with our support, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management was able to rapidly and safely assess the damage to determine what types of resources were needed to help those in Elk City.”

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