Med-Evacuation Aerial Vehicle Concept Research Project was reveal
Fisher Institute for Air & Space Strategic Studies - MEDUAV concept project was selected as one of 60 best technology projects presenting at the "Facing Tomorrow" exhibition, part of the Israel Presidential Conference 2008.
Facing Tomorrow, the first annual conference of Shimon Peres' presidency took place in
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.
Conference participants 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 up to date Israeli ideas, developments and technologies involved, innovation, originality, practical application and the impact any project is expected to make in and beyond on. The projects seek to resolve the world's unsolved challenges with unique combinations of effective and direct solutions.
MedUAV is a hybrid medical re-supply & casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) concept project with vertical take off and landing (VTOL) capabilities utilizing an unpiloted aerial vehicle (UAV) for civilian or military urban or sea scenarios having recovery capability for incapacitated, wounded or killed personnel who may have been exposed to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive (CBRNE) hazards.
The MedUAV can be 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 four patients with full gear up to three hours. The unmanned platform will also carry a robust passive and active self-protection system.
The MedUAV, technology enables resupply of medical logistical needs to combat medics and facilitates the best treatment, stabilization and evacuation of combat casualties in hostile situations onboard the MedUAV autonomously.
Research formulated a design concept to demonstrating the practicality of MedUAV technologies. These include an effective system for navigating through urban areas or wooded terrain to a site of combat injured and select a safe and suitable site for autonomous landing and take-off with communication capability with the medical team, with minimal operating and guidance from combat troops. This enhances the potential for appropriate first responder care and evacuation, performed by combat medics, during the “Golden Hour” of combat casualty care, made possible by the new abilities of the MedUAV.
The MedUAV conceptualized research leads us to two primary streams of technology for the flying vehicle design: The first one is a Medical Rotary UAV option – which converts to a current operational military MedEvac Helicopter, tested and registered for dual use. It maintains the ability for fly by wire with flight crew on board and an option to fly safely autonomously as a VTOL UAV designed 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 upon two ducted lift fans, contained and protected inside the vehicle's fuselage designed 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 .