Night Hawks search and rescueJapan’s Night Hawks search and rescue service are a drone team using infrared technology to perform missions at night.

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The Night Hawks search and rescue team has signed an agreement with Nishikawa Town, Yamagata Prefecture Agreement to begin night-time, drone enabled search and rescue services for the town from May through November.

This article published in collaboration with JUIDA, the Japan UAS Industrial Development Association.

The team demonstrated their solution to town managers and first responders in April. The Night Hawks use drone equipped with infrared photography equipment to assist in search and rescue.

Nishikawa Town spreads out at the foot of Mt. Gassan, one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan.  Mt. Gassan is covered in forest, and is a major tourist attraction because of its magnificent scenery – and as a source of rare mountain vegetables and mushrooms.  From spring to autumn, both locals and tourists…