The area in which ships in distress or shipwrecked persons are suspected is often large and difficult to survey and reach due to harsh weather conditions. The use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) enables an efficient search and location of the victims. The situational support for such maritime emergency missions by UAS was investigated in the predecessor project "LARUS". In the follow-up project Larus-PRO, the range of applications will additionally be extended to land-based missions in rescue services as well as in disaster and civil protection. The use will thus be carried out by various end users and the developed flight systems will be integrated into the specific operational and tactical processes.
Goals and procedure
The operational limits of the existing aircraft are to be extended and it is to be fully integrated into the airspace shared with other air traffic participants. Since the system's operation takes place far beyond the drone pilot's visual line of sight, one research aspect is the development of an automatic collision avoidance system that processes information on air traffic volumes from various external sources. The Larus-Pro flight systems must also be able to operate in heavy weather conditions in order to ensure high availability of the overall system.
Innovations and perspectives
LARUS-PRO provides land and sea rescue services as well as civil protection with an innovative and versatile means of operation that is to be available all year round, regardless of the scenario, time of day, weather and location.
Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS), Bremen (Koordinator)
January 2021 – June 2023