University of Miami Students Creating Drone for Search and Rescue

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 23, 2016 No Comments
Categories : Public Safety, UAVs

The University of Miami College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is using a NASA grant to build a drone suited for search-and-rescue operations.

According to a news post from the College of Engineering, the student team, headed by Professor Dr. Ines Basalo, will develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can autonomously find a human, drop a small payload of medical supplies, bring back a sample from the patient, and return and land autonomously.

Dubbed “Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Two-Part Extended Search and Rescue Mission,” the research project, funded by the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium, comprises aerospace and mechanical engineering students at the university. The students will also develop the device that will drop the supplies from the UAV.

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