Are MOB Robots On The Horizon?…

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Nov 072014

…Not yet, except in the imagination of researchers at Tehran-based RTS Ideas which had developed and claims to have tested a search and rescue drone in the Caspian Sea. Equipped with deployable lifebouys, cameras and infra-red sensors for night time use, the drone in development appears to be targetted at coastal areas but shipboard and offshore utilisation could become possible.

Presently the device has a range of 4.5 kilometres and is operated by a lifeguard using radio control.

Says the company: “Pars is an Aerial robot designed and made for saving human lives. The first purpose of building the robot is the relief of people drowning near coastlines. By developing its applications, it can be used in ships and off shore reliefs. It can also be used in other applications such as monitoring of marine and off shore structures, recording films and pictures from dangerous path ways for rescue missions, precise positioning. One of the features of this robot is Ability to save more than one life in a mission it can also track its path by GPS positioning and at the end of its mission it can come back home without the need of user guidance.”

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Gallileo Switches On

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Jan 262013
On the launchpad: Soyuz VS01 carried the first two satellites of Europe’s Galileo navigation system into orbit.

On the launchpad: Soyuz VS01 carried the first two satellites of Europe’s Galileo navigation system into orbit.

The first switch-on of a Galileo search and rescue package shows it to be working well. Its activation begins a major expansion of the space-based Cospas–Sarsat network, which brings help to air and sea vessels in distress.

The second pair of Europe’s Galileo navigation satellites – launched together on 12 October last year – are the first of the constellation to host SAR search and rescue repeaters. These can pick up UHF signals from emergency beacons aboard ships and aircraft or carried by individuals, then pass them on to local authorities for rescue.

Once the satellites reached their 23 222 km-altitude orbits, a rigorous test campaign began. The turn of the SAR repeater aboard the third Galileo satellite came on 17 January.

“At this stage, our main objective is to check the repeater has not been damaged by launch,” explains ESA’s Galileo SAR engineer Igor Stojkovic. Continue reading »

SAR Pressures Have Negative Influence On Decisions: TAIC NZ

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Jun 192011

New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission, TAIC, has expressed concern regarding the inherent risk of SAR work and how the sense of urgency associated with such work can adversely affect decision-making following investigations into four incident involving Coastguard Newzealnd vessels. Although the TAIC’s recommendations are aimed at coastguard SAR operations some of the lessons should be borne in mind in situations of urgency.

On 4 March 2009, the Tutukaka Coastguard vessel Dive! Tutukaka Rescue was tasked to assist a recreational vessel in difficulty in Ngunguru Bay south of Tutukaka. It was night-time and the sea condition was rough. The crew of the Coastguard vessel became so focused on locating the vessel in difficulty that they lost awareness of where their own vessel was and struck a rock at a moderate speed. The Dive! Tutukaka Rescue was extensively damaged and several crew members were seriously injured in the collision. Continue reading »