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A Demonstration Turned Search and Rescue Mission: The North Sea Story

24 souls in distress, lost at sea. What was planned to be a customer flight demonstration suddenly became a real-life search and rescue mission – saving 24 lives.

Ostend, Belgium: Having performed a demonstration with the Diamond Aircraft DA42-MPP for the Coast Guard the day before, October 27th’s demonstration was set to be a routine one. Suddenly an emergency phone call from the Belgian Maritime Rescue and Coordination Center thrust the aircraft into action. The target – a tiny dingy carrying 24 people floating in an unknown location within the North Sea. It was located just 15 minutes after takeoff, thanks to the collaboration between Sentient Vision’s ViDAR and Trakka Systems’ EO/IR camera, all under CarteNav’s AIMS-ISR mission management system. All 24 lives were saved.

Learn how with…

  • CarteNav’s Vice President of Product, Scott Richardson
  • Sentient Vision Systems’ Senior Integration Engineer, Gavin Edwards
  • Diamond Aircraft’s Sales Manager of Special Mission Aircraft, Mario Spiegel

On March 22nd we’re hosting a virtual event to discuss this life-saving mission and how it was all made possible. Join CarteNav, Sentient Visions Systems, and Diamond Aircraft as we take a peek behind the operator’s curtain.

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