Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Life-Saving Search & Rescue: The Journey to Mission Success

Pt. 4 of 4 – Mission Success

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eCYBERMISSION prepares for the arrival of the 2017 national finalist and STEM-In-Action Grant teams, participating in the National Judging & Educational Event (NJ&EE), we reflect on the work of prior winning teams that inspire us all.

It’s hard to believe that two-years ago team SPOT-R (Seeking People Over Terrain-Remotely), was headed to D.C. to experience NJ&EE and accept eCYBERMISSION’s 2nd annual STEM-In-Action Grant. One thing other teams can learn from SPOT-R is that each revision and prototype transformation leads the team towards creating a device that has a positive impact on their community.  SPOT-R’s device is a quad-copter designed to help search and rescue operations in the Appalachian Mountains.


“We have had variations on design and mechanisms over the months. We have met up with aerospace and design engineers to get feedback on the design for our multirotor and its components. Some of the components we have actually created ourselves. With testing and research, we have assembled a viable prototype."

Even though there have been technical changes to the device itself, the overall project has remained true to their original vision and has proven exceptionally successful in its mission of educating the public about search and rescue. Community leaders are pleased with how well SPOT-R is becoming an important part of the community.

The team met weekly in a central location near their County Courthouse—strategic location for community members to see drone device progress.

“Since we still have people at events who say, ‘drones are scary, the team, and SPOT-R, still have our work cut out for us.”


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