Drone for the avalanche rescue
Fall 2017 - Electronics
Let's Save People Even in the Most Impossible Landscapes
90% of avalanche incidents are
triggered by the victims
Avalanches are masses of snow, ice, and rocks that fall rapidly down a mountainside. While
avalanches are sudden, the warning signs are almost always numerous before they let loose. Yet in 90 percent of avalanche incidents, the snow slides are triggered by the victim or someone in the victim's party.
Avalanches kill more than 150 people world-wide each year. Most are snowmobiles, skiers, and snowboarders.
A victim can die within 10 min. The snow around it melts due to the body heat. As the body cools down, the melted snow, freezes to ice, creating only small airspace for you to survive to up to 15 min. It is essential to detecting and rescuing avalanche victim faster.
You only have 15 minutes
Potential Threat Zones
Most avalanches are happening in off-slope areas, above
small mountain villages, on roads and train tracks.
Rescue teams use different medias to speed up the rescue processes.
For which they use helicopters, beacons, rescue toboggan, as well as shovels.
Inefficiency of current rescue tools
None of these rescue tools show a fast approach towards detecting the victim.
Apart from the Helicopter, everything is happening on foot or on snowmobiles.
However, having a tool that is fast to get up in the air and get a general overview of the
surrounding to spot the victims could be beneficial.
What if a drone could help detect the victims faster?
A drone has the capability of reaching and uncovering victims,
through aerial observation, integrated beacons, and heat detection cameras.
providing swift, professional
heat detection camera
A drone designed for Rega
perfect company to do this project in cooperation with. Rega comes to the aid of people in distress,
assistnce by air.
providing swift, professional medica;
more then 11,500 people.
a Swiss medical aid service
In 2018, Rega helped