Unpiloted Med-Evacuation Aerial Vehicle MedUAV will be revealed at the “Facing Tomorrow" exhibition

Part of Presidential Conference 2008 


Fisher Institute for Air & Space Strategic Studies - MEDUAV project was selected as one of 60 best projects presenting at the "Facing Tomorrow" exhibition, part of the Israel Presidential Conference 2008. 


Facing Tomorrow, the first annual conference of Shimon Peres' presidency taken place in Jerusalem May 13-15 2008, marking Israel's milestone 60th anniversary, at the International Convention Center In Jerusalem. World leaders both Jewish and non-Jewish, thinkers and doers, artists and scientists, rabbis and entrepreneurs including the next generation of leadership will take part in the event.  


Confirmed conference participants thus far include: former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner; former President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev; former US Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger; former Czech Prime Minister Vaclav Havel; and President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili.  


Business luminaries such as Google founder Sergey Brinn, Mark Zuckerman, founder of Facebook, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch and Ratan Tata, Chairman, the Tata Group have also confirmed their participation.  


The selection was based on criteria including the extent of Israeli ideas, developments and technologies involved; innovation; originality; practicability and the impact the project is expected to make in its respective field and beyond. The projects seek to resolve the world's problems with that rare combination of both effective and practical solutions. 


MedUAV is a Hybrid medical re-supply & casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) vertical take off and landing (VTOL) unpiloted aerial vehicle (UAV) for civilian or military urban or sea scenarios and as a recovery capability for incapacitated, wounded or killed personnel suspected of having been exposed to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive (CBRNE) hazards. MedUAV is equipped with an electrical motor capable of providing hover lift at zero airspeed, cruise to speeds of up to 150 knots and a cruise ceiling of about 10,000 feet with a useful payload for 4 patient with full gear for endurance of 3 hours. The unmanned platform will also carry a passive and active self-protection system. 



During 2007 Lebanon war, once again Israel have been witness to the added risk and loss of life during combat casualty care, timely delivery of essential medical supplies and evacuation of casualties under hostile fire. Force protection of military first responders is becoming complicated by increased involvement in peacekeeping operations, counter terrorism, and humanitarian assistance. One future solution in specific medical scenarios is a medical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle concept.  


The MedUAV, technology will enable to resupply medical logistic to combat medics and facilitate them to provide the best treatment, stabilization and subsequent evacuation of combat casualties from hostile situations onboard the MedUAV autonomously. The research formulated a concept of design, to enable later in order to demonstrate the feasibility of producing enabling technologies for the MedUAV. These include a proficient system for navigating through urban or wooded terrain to a site of combat injury, to select a safe and suitable site for autonomous landing and take-off with communication capability with the human medical team, and minimal operating and guidance from combat troops. This will enhance the potential for appropriate first responder care and evacuation, performed by combat medics, during the so called “Golden Hour” of combat casualty care, utilizing the benefits and new abilities onboard the MedUAV.  


The MedUAV research and development lead to primary two streams of technologies approaches for the flying vehicle design: The first one is a Medical Rotary UAV option – to convert a current operational military MedEvac Helicopter, tested and registered it for dual use. It will maintain the ability for fly by wire with flight crew on board and on the same vehicle an option to fly safely 

autonomously as a VTOL UAV leaded by the IAI (www.iai.co.il). The second technology option is to design an innovated aerial vehicle concept for a Med VTOL UAV. The proposed design is a turbine powered VTOL vehicle, based on two ducted lift fans, contained inside the vehicle's fuselage leaded by Urban Aeronautics (www.urbanaero.com). 


Fisher Institute for Air & Space Strategic Studies Consist of five research centers: Aviation safety & security research center, Center for aerial power in a symmetric warfare, The space UAV research center, Information & resources center and the aerospace medicine center, which initiate this technology project of tomorrow . 


For more information: 


Eran Schenker MD. 


Tel: +972 52 6689944 

Aerospace Medicine Research Center. 

The Fisher Institute For Air & Space Strategic Studies 



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