Pars is an aerial rescue robot designed and built for saving human lives. According to RTS Lab, which designed it, Pars uses new technologies that help guide and navigate it, including sound and image processing, autopilot, artificial intelligence and an array of sensors.
One of the main purposes for which Pars is made is rescuing drowning individuals close to coastlines.
The robot can rapidly be guided towards people who’re drowning off the coastline and then activate its savior system which releases life tubes.
It can also be used in many other missions like maritime monitoring, aid in firefighting, precise positioning and recording film from dangerous pathways for rescue missions.
Many innovations have been implemented in the design of Pars.
The robot is waterproof and has the ability to land on the sea. Controlled from a central control cabin, on ships, Pars will be given its own platform and will be controllable directly through the ship’s control cabin.
It also has the ability to return back to the platform through GPS positioning, where it charges its batteries.
RTS Lab, based in Iran, further explain that Pars is equipped for saving three lives in one operation, but that can be increased to fifteen by using chemical material for bloating the life pads. The robot has been designed with a FLIR heating camera and LED lightening, which will be useful during nighttime operations.
Amin Rigi, Saeid Talebi, Masoud Noroozi, Hossein Saffari, Majid Saeidi and Amin Mirakhorli are owners of the Pars aerial rescue robot idea. The team started thinking about the project when they heard about people who had drowned in the Caspian Sea, north of Iran. The data they have collected showed that out of 46 500 people who had been in drowning situations over the past 8 years, 1100 had perished. The motive behind this project was to save human lives.
Pars is controlled by an array of motors, sensors, control circuits, mechanical systems and microcontroller programming. Rescue pads are released and controlled through several servo motors, which get a signal from the microprocessor. The platform’s base uses small conductive blocks for charging the robot, charging procedure starts only once the battery level goes below a pre-determined limit. In a scenario when Pars runs out of battery over the sea, it has the capability to automatically land itself on the sea surface.
According to Amin Rigi, Director, RTS Lab, a new prototype is in development and coastline tests are planned for the next few months.
Until now the manufacturing of primary functions has been finished. All of the functions the robot is going to have are impressive, but not all of them have been implemented. The team behind the project says that they have used three-axel accelerometers and gyroscopes, GPS, Barometer and compass, only the ultrasonic sensors are yet to be implemented.
Funding and investment are needed for mass production. The team claims that up till now all expenses related to development have been covered by them. RTS Lab estimate cost for industrial prototype of Pars aerial rescue robot between $30,000 to $40,000. There is still no definitive word on the expected release timeframe and final price.