Every year there are hundreds of thousands Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) callouts worldwide using multi-disciplinary teams including personnel from police, fire and emergency medical services. A highly manoeuvrable UAV for helicopter impenetrable environments will be provided to USAR teams who will deploy the UAV when needed. The main goal of this UAV is to locate and rescue persons from buildings on fire, collapsed building, mines, or other urban and industrial entrapments.

The Navig8 UAV is a scalable twin shrouded-propeller VTOL UAV for operations in highly confined, structured or unstructured, environments, at low altitudes, or in close proximity to infrastructure. The UAV can be easily transformed from a VTOL to a transitional aircraft capable of flying on helicopter as well as a fixed wing aircraft for situations when the UAV need to perform at high speed and deployed from a remote location. The UAV can be electrically or gas powered and manufactured in various sizes depending on needs. The Navig8 uses two counter-rotating variable-pitch propellers enabling it to effectively cope with disturbances such as wind gusts. The optimal design of the shroud protecting each propeller enables 50-60 per cent more payload capacity when compared to similar size UAVs, thus enabling to transport heavier payloads to help USAR victims.

The UAV will determine its fly path/manoeuvres taking into account the UAV’s physical shape, its flying characteristics, and the terrain’s geometry. As a result the UAV is able to take-off & land from highly slopped prepared or un-prepared terrain and perform acrobatic manoeuvres at zero speed. These features enable it to position and orient its sensors as needed to locate victims, in adverse situations.

The UAV will be equipped with specific sensors (gas sniffers, environment quality monitoring). These sensors will allow USAR personnel to effectively monitor the environment before entering the infrastructure. The UAV will also include sensors to locate victims and remotely monitor the human’s vital signs (e.g., heart/respiratory rate by sensing small changes in facial color and chest movement). Over time the UAV will be enhanced to fly at higher speeds within confined spaces for faster response, and carry a robotic arm to manipulate the environment (e.g., open doors and move debris). Other areas of use include Urban Policing, Security of critical infrastructure, Pipelines/powerline/bridges inspection, and Forest fire monitoring.