A team of students from Cal Poly Pomona and Citrus College collaborated to develop a drone for search and rescue missions. The drone is capable of flying over disaster zones to locate and recover victims who are trapped under debris.
The project, called the Multicopter for Search and Rescue in Indoor Environments, consists of two unmanned aerial systems, or drones. The first drone is used to search for the victims, and the second is used as part of the rescue process.
“The search drone is sent into disaster zones by a rescue team,” says Jonathan Saldivar, a Citrus College student who is part of the collaborative effort. “Its technology has the ability to map out the walls and search for individuals that are injured. It leaves way points and places targets on a map, then sends the data to the search and rescue teams so they can locate and aid those individuals.”
Oftentimes, in disaster zones, it is difficult to assist victims who are trapped without endangering the lives of rescue team members. This drone eliminates that problem by creating a safe way to find disaster victims without putting more individuals at risk. The device also aims to increase the number of victims who are located and saved in disaster situations.
After the search drone locates the victims, a rescue drone is able to deliver a care package to the survivor. According to Saldivar, the rescue drone is still in the process of being completed.
“Our next step is completing the rescue drone. After that, we are looking to implement a way to communicate between the two drones,” Saldivar says. “We were also considering adding in a microphone so that the survivors can communicate to the rescue team through the drone.”