Evergreen supports UAV team mapping Haitian Relief

 - February 18, 2010, 5:53 AM

Evergreen Helicopters is flying in unmanned systems teams using an Elbit Systems Skylark I mini man-pack UAV to map Haitian relief. The small UAV was used to search for signs of life at orphanages in the remote mountains outside Port-au-Prince following the January earthquake. Boulder slides cut off ground access to many of these facilities. The Skylark flew at altitudes up to 5,200 feet. The Skylark can be carried by one person and can launch without use of a runway, search for survivors, document infrastructure damage and identify blocked roads. It weighs 12 pounds, has a sortie duration up to three hours and service ceiling of 16,000 feet and carries a lightweight thermal sensing and optics payload.