Iranian company RTS Ideas is in the process of developing a search and rescue drone called Pars, capable of saving lives. The remote-controlled drone can drop up to three life rings for someone or a group of people struggling in the open water. Pars comes equipped with eight rotors and a radio control system to allow cooperation with the coastguard and the ability for them to take complete control at any time during a rescue operation.
The Pars prototype has already impressively completed four days of testing on the Caspian Sea, able to fly at a max speed of 16 miles per hour for up to 10 minutes at a time.
Perhaps the most unique feature the drone brings to the table is the fact that it can take aerial footage of a situation that can be used by humans assisting with a search and rescue operation. By identifying the person most in need of help, or potential obstacles, the rescue mission can be carried out with more efficiency than if Pars was not involved.
Pars went up against a trained lifeguard to determine who could reach a swimmer in need of help 75 meters off shore and the drone destroyed the human’s time of 91 seconds, reaching the swimmer in merely 22 seconds!
Testing is still ongoing and RTS plans on looking for funding in the near future.