Rega Drone 

Drone for the avalanche rescue 

Fall 2017 - Electronics 

‚ÄčLet'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 Tools

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

medica; 

beacon 

circuit board

heat detection camera 

battery 

motors

battery 

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

Rega is

, the 

In 2018, Rega helped

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