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SearchWing develops & builds open source drones to locate people in distress at sea. We are an independent non-profit organization of equal volunteers and we do not share our drones and sensitive technology with third parties whose goals are incompatible with SearchWing's. The currently focused use of drones in the Mediterranean is due to the humanitarian catastrophe that is raging there. Sea rescue in the Mediterranean is only combating a symptom of Europe's isolation which is strengthened by latest worsening of asylum rights.
After 6 years of the existence of SearchWing and its last presentation at 33c3 we want to give you a update on our past and current work and missions we did with NGOs such as Sea-Eye, Mission Lifeline and RESQSHIP. Further we want to show why its hard to build a waterproof drone and why its hard to reliably operate drones at sea. And of course we will present some evidence in pictures of our hardships (exploded parts, burned ESCs, crashed drones etc.).
For further information about the project visit https://searchwing.org