March 28, 2013      

The RTS Lab in Tehran is developing Pars, an aerial rescue robot designed to save potential drowning victims.

The ship-based quadcopter that responds instantly when alerted to potential victims in the ocean, locating them with FLIR, and dispensing life preservers directly over them.

The first purpose of building the robot is the relief of people drowning near coastlines. By developing its applications, it can be used in ships and offshore relief efforts as well.

 It can also be used in other applications such as monitoring of marine and off shore structures, recording films and pictures from dangerous path ways for rescue missions, precise positioning and monitoring of off shore disasters and aid in firefighting.

The current prototype carries one life preserver and they are working on a new model to carry three life preserver rings. Future models may dispense up to 15 self-inflating rings. A launching platform for use on ships has been designed but more intriguing is an idea for a stand-alone launching platform.

From the website:

A sea platform has also been designed for the robot. This platform used satellite data for its control and it uses solar energy for its energy. It is always in the water and the robots are ready for action. When a marine incident occurs it quickly operates and sends the robots to the event to help.

In both cases, the launching platform also serves as a recharging station, keeping the robots in a continual ready state.

Here are some other unique characteristics of Pars’ aerial relief method:

  • The robot is waterproof and it can land on the sea surface. When the robot faces an accident or in low battery situations it lands on sea, to not see more damage or sink.
  • So far 3 pads have been considered for the robot that gives it the ability to save 3 lives in one operation; by using chemical materials for bloating the life pads, the pads can be increased to more than 15 in number.
  • The robot uses artificial intelligence for accurate analysis of the condition it’s in.
  • The robot is designed with a FLIR heating camera for recognizing the injured ones at night and also uses LED lightening to be recognized at night and activates its intelligence system when people shout for help.
  • It is simply installed and applied in different parts related to marine issues, from coastline to installation in the ships and oil platforms.
  • The robot is controlled from a central control cabin. In ships the robot has special platforms and is controlled from the ship’s control cabin. In case of an accident there is no need to start up the robot, it launches from the applied platform and is always ready for flying.

Future iterations may include a robot manipulator and the ability to move or install
savior cables.