Apache Junction-based search and rescue efforts aided by remote-control quadcopter

A local search and rescue team is using a new aerial device to find missing persons and help in a statewide effort called Project Blue to mark vehicle wreckage that has already been identified.

In November, Superstition Search and Rescue purchased aTurbo Ace Matrix quadcopter, a remote-control helicopter that stands about a yard wide when all four propeller arms are extended. Mounted to the RC device is a video camera that transmits live feed from the camera to a screen on the handheld control, according to the manufacturer’s website.

SSAR paid about $5,000 with money from its treasury for the well-equipped quadcopter, which it named Eagle 1. It was money well-spent, said SSAR Cmdr. Robert Cooper.

“It’s a great search tool,” Mr. Cooper said during an interview earlier this month. “We’ve already had it on about a half-dozen searches.”

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