In October 2022, the World UAV Conference, Fujian Civil UAV Association, International Emergency Management Society, Shenzhen UAV Industry Association, China Civil Aviation Emergency Rescue Alliance, and the National UAV Association President’s Joint Meeting The “Summit Forum on Aviation Emergency Rescue Helping Local Economic High-quality Development” jointly sponsored by two heavyweight departments was grandly held in the beautiful coastal city of Xiamen. Mr. Edward Jin, CEO of Shenzhen SMD UAV Co., Ltd. was invited to participate in the meeting and gave a wonderful keynote speech.
There is an urgent demand for UAV applications in the field of emergency rescue.
So, what are the requirements for the performance requirements and site adaptability of UAVs in the emergency field? What are the common emergency material transport drones, and what are their performance characteristics? What are the technological development trends of logistics drones used in the emergency field? How can these technologies solve practical problems for human society?
Edward Jin, the pioneer of the domestic industrial UAV industry and the CEO of SMD UAV, gave a wonderful keynote speech on the above issues at the forum.
Edward introduced that natural disasters occur frequently in the world at present. Forest fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, rainstorms, mudslides, etc., urgently require intelligent aircraft that can be transported quickly, without relying on ground roads, and transporting items to high-risk areas that cannot be reached by humans.
The Yunnan forest fire-fighting drone crashing into a lake is a typical case recently, with a loss of hundreds of millions and the sacrifice of four pilots. If the unmanned fire-fighting aircraft performed the mission, the loss of personnel could be avoided. The May 12 Sichuan Earthquake Helicopter Crashed, and Eight Rescue Teams Were Sacred.
Therefore, drones must be sent to places that are dangerous, have no roads, and need to arrive quickly!
In terms of the performance requirements and site adaptability requirements for UAVs in the emergency field, Edward believes that UAVs should have the following capabilities:
(1) VTOL, no runway required. The speed of take-off and deployment is fast, and the preparation time for take-off is short. It must take off within ten minutes. Have a certain load capacity, at least a load capacity of more than 100 kg. Certain plateau flight performance, such as the ability to operate above 3,000 meters.
(2) Certain intelligent operation capabilities, such as automatic obstacle avoidance, automatic navigation, autonomous take-off and landing and operation, etc., to minimize manual intervention. In particular, it has the ability to navigate after losing the satellite positioning system and the ability to locate in complex electromagnetic environments.
What are the common emergency material transportation UAVs, and what performance characteristics do they have?
According to the pneumatic principle, it is divided into:
(1) Vertical take-off and landing fixed-wing type: The main feature is the long endurance capability, which can fly more than 100 kilometers on a single charge. For example, SMD V700 has a range of 150 kilometers. The disadvantage is that the load capacity is weak, generally one-fifth of the take-off weight.
(2) Multi-rotor category: The main feature is that the vertical lift can reach one-third of the take-off weight. For example, SMD TIENIU can reach a load of more than 100 kilograms. The maintenance operation is simple, but the disadvantage is that the voyage is short. It can fly within 20 kilometers on a single charge.
Classified by function: nucleic acid, plasma transportation, equipment transportation such as cardiac pacemakers, fire fighting drones, wounded transportation drones, ammunition transportation drones, etc.
Edward further pointed out that the use of drones in the transportation business instead of traditional cargo aircraft has many advantages, such as providing convenient logistics transportation services for areas with underdeveloped ground infrastructure, and realizing time-sensitive high-value agricultural products, medicines and other goods in remote areas. Rapid transportation wait. And in the Chinese air transport market where pilots are relatively scarce, it can save a huge amount of labor costs, not only greatly simplify operations, reduce costs, but also reduce safety hazards caused by personnel fatigue or monotonous scene operations.
When it comes to the technical development trend of logistics UAVs in the emergency field, Edward believes that UAVs should be more intelligent and automated, and combined with specific applications for in-depth development. For example, plasma transport drones will add a low-temperature maintenance mode to ensure that plasma is transported at low temperatures. The wounded transport drone can directly put the stretcher flat into the body, deliver oxygen and blood at the same time, and transmit the vital sign data to the command center in real time, realizing remote early rescue and saving lives. The fire-fighting UAV can automatically fly to the water surface near the fire site to fetch water, and then automatically fly to the fire site to sprinkle water, and at the same time, the cluster flight increases the transportation capacity.
How can these technologies solve practical problems for human society? SMD drones give answers through actual customer cases, including emergency medical supplies delivery, fire rescue, high-altitude monitoring of large-scale events, field lost rescue, natural disaster rescue, emergency communication and other scenarios.
Finally, Mr. Edward Jin introduced a recent industry benchmark UAV emergency project of SMD.
During the National Day, in Dachen Island, Jiaojiang District, Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province, SMD’s drone cross-sea medical material transportation line realized normal operation. SMD UAV and Taizhou health department work together to carry forward the “reclamation spirit” of the new era, and use technology to help Dachen Island, a red island, embark on a new journey of common prosperity.
The transfer of nucleic acid testing samples by SMD drones combines standardized transportation with emergency plans to ensure the timeliness of material transportation.
During the transportation process from the collection point to the transshipment point, SMD requires that special equipment must be used to ensure the temperature control of the samples and to shorten the transit time of the samples.
During the transfer process, SMD will also strictly implement point-to-point transportation. Relevant pick-up and drop-off personnel are strictly prohibited from stopping or unpacking without authorization. At the same time, we must do a good job in the sterilization of drones and the protection of personnel to ensure the safety of sample testing.
SMD adheres to the design concept of “smarter and simpler”, aiming to improve the experience of industrial drones, and is committed to creating simple, easy-to-operate drones for applications in fields such as public safety, emergency rescue, medical logistics, environmental protection, and petroleum power Economical and practical industrial drone.