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By US AERO, LLC
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About this project

US AERO was born of a passion to introduce unmanned aircraft technology to public service heroes like firefighters, police officers, peace-keepers, and humanitarian workers who are entrusted with preserving life. 

We believe that unmanned aircraft play a critical role in saving lives. Every year thousands of people across the world are injured or killed because First Responders, like Firefighters and Red Cross workers, are unable to assess and respond to situations in a timely manner.

Disaster Scenes
Disaster Scenes

The American Red Cross, leading private sector companies, and federal agencies came together in 2015 to generate a study on the use of unmanned aircraft systems; particularly in emergency response situations. The study Drones for Disaster Response and Relief Operations, 2015 highlighted the importance of unmanned aircraft systems in emergency response and detailed the following benefits for Unmanned Aircraft (UA) use:

• UA can reduce responder exposure to unnecessary danger 

• UA enhance the effectiveness of responders

• UA provide unique viewing angles at low altitudes...

• Drone technology is highly deployable

• Drone technology is cost-effective

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Click for video of current industry drone use

 

Working Prototype During Police Testing
Working Prototype During Police Testing

 

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At US AERO, we have worked with experts in emergency response to develop a system that is user-friendly, robust, quickly deployable, offers advanced imaging capabilities, and is safe to operate.

Field Testing Tablet Ground Control System
Field Testing Tablet Ground Control System

The US AERO Responder 4 unmanned aircraft system was developed as a cost-effective tool that provides timely and effective aerial imaging and sensing capabilities in a field deployable system. The drone was designed using advanced engineering principles that takes advantage of 3D printing technology and aerospace composite materials. We are finalizing the selection of our imaging and sensor systems but have identified three primary solutions that provide High Definition images to include thermal imaging and zoom capabilities.

Some of the current and proposed system features include:

Responder 4 Features
Responder 4 Features

Responder 4 Technical Specs - Reference Only
Responder 4 Technical Specs - Reference Only

We are close to project completion but need your help! We have several goals that still need to be met to get the Responder 4 into the hands of those who make a difference every day! The US AERO team has established an aggressive timeline and is dedicated to this effort.

The US AERO Team!
The US AERO Team!

 

Project Timeline
Project Timeline

 

Risks and challenges

Developing an unmanned aircraft for use in the public sector was not easy! We knew there would be challenges but also understood that the journey we started would make a positive difference in the lives of people from around the world.

Safety is our number one goal and should be a primary goal for our end-users. We have started to design a training package that will transfer operational best practices and assist our users in developing an aviation program that will support their use of this technology in the field.

We have and continue to identify areas that pose some risk either within the design/development stage or the user implementation stage. We are finalizing the testing of our Ground Control Station (GCS) software after reviewing the best options in the industry. We have developed OEM relationships with software providers to ensure a custom solution of our product.

When you are in the manufacturing business cost of production is a major consideration - one of our goals is to reduce the cost of our product so that it can be adopted for use in small organizations. We are utilizing cutting-edge manufacturing techniques with advanced materials; this ensures we reduce costs while providing an industrial use system. Our goal is to have 100% of the main system manufactured in the United States. The motors and some of the electronics are currently sourced internationally but we hope to find solutions domestically.

The funds collected from our campaign will be used to refine design changes, finalize our camera integration, secure our software licensing, complete our field kits (to include custom cases), and conduct the appropriate safety and flight tests. We anticipate final product completion by May 2017 and are well on our way of achieving this goal. We thank you for your support and hope to see a US AERO system in your community.

-The US AERO Team

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    Thank you for your support & the coffee!

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    Thank you for caring and contributing toward our effort!

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    Thank you! The US AERO "Remove Before Flight" streamer/keychain is a known conversation starter and a perfect way to show & tell about your support for us and First Responders.

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    Sponsor a Fire/Rescue Department

    For every $5,000 USD reached in this reward, we will donate a Responder 4 Drone to a Fire/Rescue department.

    Post the name of your local Fire/Rescue department on our Facebook page. We may choose your local department to receive a Responder Drone! A great way to show your support for your local Fire/Rescue professionals.

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    Sponsor a Humanitarian Organization

    For every $5,000 USD reached in this reward, we will donate a Responder 4 Drone to a Humanitarian organization, like the Red Cross.

    Post the name of a Humanitarian organization on our Facebook page. We may choose that organization to receive a Responder Drone! A great way to show your support for these professional organizations.

    Disaster relief agencies like the Red Cross, and CARE International are in need of this type of technology.

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    Sponsor a Law Enforcement Agency

    For every $5,000 USD reached in this reward, we will donate a Responder 4 Drone to a Law Enforcement agency.

    Post the name of your local Law Enforcement agency on our Facebook page. We may choose your local agency to receive a Responder Drone! A great way to show your support for your local Law Enforcement professionals.

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    Thank You - we appreciate your support!

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    Gold Level Sponsor

    Wow! and Thank you! Please find within this reward a mini desktop Responder drone that highlights your support for our project.

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    We thank you for your generous support! This reward includes an official US AERO "Sponsor Pack".

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    Hometown Hero

    In appreciation of your generous support and in keeping with our service mission, a US AERO Responder 4 Drone, with a non-thermal imaging system, will be donated to the agency of YOUR choice in YOUR name.

    In addition, you will be featured within the "Hometown Hero" section of our website and our Facebook page. Also, we will be including a "Sponsor Pack" to share with your selected organization.

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    • Local press release detailing your sponsorship
    • Official US AERO "Remove Before Flight" streamer/keychain
    • 10× Custom designed US AERO sticker
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    Professional Backer (Early Bird Special)

    Are you a public service agency or organization who would like to have an unmanned aircraft to support your mission? We will be creating a limited edition model with custom colors and markings. This unit will be a complete package, to include a FLIR(r) dual thermal and visual imaging system.

    In addition, we will be including a "Sponsor Pack" to share with those on your team!

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