From RTS Ideas: By hearing news about drowning’s at the Caspian Sea (north of Iran), we thought of finding a solution of saving human lives at the sea. For solving the problem, at the first step, we developed a surface rescue robot at RTS Lab as shown in the figure 1, the robot can be drove both manually and by radio control by the lifeguard to move towards the incident. If the victim was conscious he could catch the barriers and comes back and if not the lifeguard had to first find the victim from beneath water then throw him on the device and then return to the coast. After manufacturing and testing it successfully, we thought of building a robot with higher capabilities that could act quicker and more accurate in rescue missions and we came up with the Pars Aerial rescue robot idea.
One of the challenges that lifeguards met is the case of several people drowning at the same time. This event usually occurs when one starts drowning and family, friends or other people go to save the drowning person and they get into a similar drowning situation. Sometimes it can be seen that up to 6 people have drown at the same time, like the unpleasant incident of 6 students drowning together at the Caspian Sea in July 2013.
Pars is an Aerial robot designed and made for saving human lives. 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 off shore reliefs. 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. One of the features of this robot is Ability to save more than one life in a mission it can also track its path by GPS positioning and at the end of its mission it can come back home without the need of user guidance.
The robot’s tests have been taken from 11th to 15th August 2013 at the Caspian Sea. Thirteen tests were taken in a 4 day period and the following aspects were analyzed: Life vest releasing system performance, flight stability, search and rescue performance at day and night, Simplicity of robot’s control, comparing performance with traditional rescue methods, analyzing the deficiencies of robots design.
Pars can fly ten minutes in this design and its maximum speed is 10 m/s, thus it can be used in missions with a 4.5 kilometer radius range. Tests were completely successful and all of the expected goals were achieved. Based on the test results and considering the general rescue methods new ideas for developing Pars were achieved that will be revealed after careful scrutiny.
After completing the design and final corrections we will hopefully prepare the robot for introducing it to international markets although at the moment one of our main problems in this stage is financial support and we are looking forward to negotiate about sponsorship and investment.
The final test compared the performance between robot and human (lifeguard). The goal of this test was rescuing a drowning person in 75 meters away from coastline. As a result, robot done its mission in about 22 second however the lifeguard did the same in 91 second.
We also had another test taken at night. In this test LED Lighting is used to help user have a better sight to find the robot and life tube position.
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