Use of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems for Tactical Response during Kilauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone event Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2018 IEEE. A team from the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue flew 28 day and 16 night sorties with four models of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) rotorcraft from eight locations to assist with the tactical response to the 2018 Kilauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone event. The sorties had significant flight outcomes for responders, added value to the responders and public, and add use cases to the use of sUAS. Most notably, this was the first known use of s UAS for emergency response to an eruption, first use of rotary sUAS to sample air quality, and first live streaming of video from sUAS over the new FirstNet cellular network.

author list (cited authors)

  • Adams, J., Hart, L., McBride, J., Merrick, D., & Murphy, R.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • August 2018