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Our first search mission is now complete! Thank you for taking part. View the initial results here.

aeroSee is an exciting new project where you can become a 'virtual' mountain rescue volunteer simply by using your computer. Every year Patterdale Mountain Rescue help and assist hundreds of injured and missing persons from around the Ullswater area in the North of the Lake District. The average search for missing persons takes several hours and can require a large team of volunteers to set out in often poor weather conditions. aeroSee is testing the use of Unmanned Air Vehicles (or ‘Drone’) technology, together with your ‘crowd-sourced’ help to reduce the time taken to locate and rescue a person in distress.

We believe this approach can reduce time and save lives and we need your help to prove it.

Our first mission took part on Thursday 25th July and is now complete. Sign up and we will keep you informed of future trials.

During a trial, we will be asking you to log into the site, and start tagging photos if you spot our missing person. Once you are signed up (below), there is a practice page to get you started. We'll be having a leaderboard too - could you be our best search agent?

Fancy yourself as a Virtual Rescuer? Then sign up here and take part:

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Who's involved?

aeroSee is a University of Central Lancashire project supported by the kind support of e-Migs. and the Patterdale Mountain Rescue. team. Our thanks also go to Tom Abbey, Paul Stavropoulis, Patterdale Hall Estate and Oxford Vaughan for their support and assistance in providing the test ground and prizes for this experiment. aeroSee is a joint UCLan Engineering Innovation Centre and UCLan Media Innovation Studio project.


Patterdale Mountain Rescue do an amazing job. If you wish to support them please do so here.


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