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Pars prototype rescue drone is faster than a human lifeguard in testing

Although drones are mainly in the news these days for the militaristic aspects, they can also be used to save lives. RTS earlier this year showed off a flying drone, Pars, which is designed to help rescue drowning victims. The prototype of that flying rescue robot is now being tested at the Caspian Sea near Iran.
 
The drone is designed to be able to independently find drowning victims in the ocean and then drop floating rings to them. Testing of the prototype drone kicked into high gear after six students drowned in the Caspian Sea this past July.

 
The robot is capable of dropping floating rings to multiple drowning victims during a single “mission”. In its intended usage scenario, the drone would provide quick relief to a trouble swimmer by dropping flotation rings, thus allowing the human rescuer to swim to the scene to provide further assistance without being hindered [en route] by the rescue devices.
 
The flying drone can stay aloft for 10 minutes and has a maximum speed of 10 m/s. The design of the drone gives it a useful range of 4.5 km.
 
More importantly, the designers are touting their rescue drone as superior alternative to a human lifeguard. In recent testing, a person that was “simulating drowning” 75 meters from the coastline was rescued by a human lifeguard in 91 seconds. However, the Pars drone was able to accomplish the feat in 22 seconds.

Sources: RTS Ideas, Robots.net



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RE: Uhhh...
By Motoman on 11/12/2013 1:17:18 PM , Rating: 0
Yeah, because Iran has never been known to take offensive or irrational actions against even it's own people. Or even accused it's own people of conspiring with evil forces of the West to spy on them, etc.

Pull yourself together.


RE: Uhhh...
By kleinma on 11/12/2013 1:34:15 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah, because The USA has never been known to take offensive or irrational actions against even it's own people. Or even accused it's own people of conspiring with evil forces of the East to spy on them, etc.

Pull yourself together.


RE: Uhhh...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/12/2013 4:55:25 PM , Rating: 2
What's the deal with you bringing stereotypes and nationalism into this?


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