Fly like a helicopter and evacuate wounded soldiers in its hull from any terrain

2011-02-14

Fly like a helicopter and evacuate wounded soldiers in its hull from any terrain The Israel Air Force and IDF Medical Corps are working to secure funding within the militarys upcoming multi-year plan for a revolutionary unmanned aerial vehicle that can fly like a helicopter and evacuate wounded soldiers in its hull from any terrain.

Called AirMule, the UAV is under development by the Yavne-based Urban Aeronautics firm. It is a single-engine UAV with vertical-takeoff-and landing capabilities and has successfully completed the first phase of its flight testing, which included autonomous hovering.

The AirMule has performed 40 test hovers and accumulated 10 hours of flight time.
Currently, the aircraft is undergoing a systems upgrade including the development and installation of wheeled landing gear that will facilitate mobility on the ground.

Senior officers said this week that the IDF was interested in buying the AirMule and planned to ask for a special budget for the program under the militarys new multi-year plan that is expected to be approved in the coming months by Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant, who will become chief of General Staff in February.

The IDFs interest in the Air- Mule stems from lessons learned from the Second Lebanon War, when a large number of casualties needed to be evacuated by air. IDF assessments are that the system could be operational within a few years.

The AirMule is unique since it can bring supplies and cargo in its hull and then take back a wounded soldier, a senior officer involved in the project said this week.
The IDF has asked Urban Aeronautics to make some changes to the UAV, which currently only has room for one soldier.

We want to see if there is a possibility to make room for another soldier inside the hull, and [to add] a light as well as a communication system to enable the soldier to speak with someone as he is being flown to safety, the officer said.

If the budget is obtained, the IDF plans to invest some of it in the development of the Air- Mule. The goal, the IDF officer said, would be to distribute one AirMule UAV each to brigades and divisions operating in either Lebanon or the Gaza Strip.

It has the unique ability to land anywhere on a roof, in a field or even hover next to a window, open its back door and enable soldiers to slide their wounded comrade inside, he said.

This could significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to evacuate a soldier from a battlefield.




NASA Grant Supports Wildfire Research

2015-09-29
NASA Grant Supports Wildfire Research

Two Northwest Nazarene University assistant professors have been awarded a NASA grant to support their research on wildfire monitoring and assessment technology.
Assistant professor of computer science Dale Hamilton and associate professor of computer science Barry Myers weer awarded a NASA EPSCoR (experimental program to stimulate competitive research) Undergraduate Research Grant

RPAS Environmental Protection Demo in Wales

2015-09-25
RPAS Environmental Protection Demo in Wales

QinetiQ is to demonstrate the use of Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) in tackling environmental issues in a one-week project on the Welsh coast in November 2015.

Lethal drones are the industry's latest headache

2015-09-21
Lethal drones are the industry's latest headache
Earlier this summer, a Connecticut man rigged a handgun to the top of an unmanned aircraft, posting a video of the device hovering in the woods and firing shots. The spectacle raised more concern about how consumers or law enforcement could wreak havoc with drones, a fast-growing technology with immense potential.

 FALCON  Internet for the Battlespace

2015-09-18
FALCON Internet for the Battlespace
The BAE Systems designed Falcon system gives the British Army and Royal Air Force a real advantage in the digital age. Falcon is a fully deployable, tactical communications system with an impressive ability to interface with a wide range of other systems. This means that voice, data and video information can now be shared securely across the battlespace using one common system.

Drones take flight at Husker Harvest Days

2015-09-16
Drones take flight at Husker Harvest Days
Farming and ranching is ready for takeoff.
Husker Harvest Days, an annual state fair of agricultural information and technology, launched its first demonstrations Tuesday of unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones.

Drone hobbyists find flaws in "close call" reports to FAA from other aircraft

2015-09-14
Drone hobbyists find flaws in "close call" reports to FAA from other aircraft

Hobbyists who scrutinized reports to the FAA of alleged close calls with drones found that pilots reported near misses in only a small fraction of the cases, according to a study obtained by USA TODAY.

FAA Releases Updated Model Aircraft Guidance

2015-09-13
FAA Releases Updated Model Aircraft Guidance

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published updated guidance on model aircraft operations that reflects current law governing hobby or recreational use of unmanned aircraft.

Is Private Airspace Ownership Really Up in the Air?

2015-09-09
Is Private Airspace Ownership Really Up in the Air?
As I write this article, many of my colleagues in the commercial drone industry have focused their attention on the State of California and are anxiously waiting to see if the California Governor will sign or veto SB 142, which recently passed in the California legislature.

Farm drones expected to take off

2015-09-08
Farm drones expected to take off
Every week, an agronomist walks a portion of the 600 acres of crops at the Sunrise Acres dairy to gather information used to fight pests, weeds and other maladies that could threaten the harvest.
It’s a labor-intensive process repeated at farms throughout Wisconsin, and it’s one farmers say could soon become vastly more efficient thanks to drone technology.

Invisible Cloak for Military UAS

2015-09-04
Invisible Cloak for Military UAS
Scientists are working on creating a new design for a technology that redefines what the public views as imaginary. Inspired by the well-known Invisibility Cloak from Harry Potter, electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego have created a new design for their cloaking device, using a Teflon substrate, studded with cylinders of ceramic, that is thinner than any prior development and does not alter the brightness of light around concealed objects.


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