Putting humans in evacuation is quite risky, as well as time-consuming. Sometimes it becomes too difficult to rescue the victims in a medevac mission if the target area is obstructed with wires, forests, mountains, buildings. However, this situation can be solved by the drones. The Urban Aeronautics owned firm Tactical Robotics just completed the first demo of the Cormorant, an autonomous, compact, single-engine Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft, which can pick up two casualties without the help of a crew.
The VTOL drone is initially targeted for military rescue purpose with a range of 20 miles. However, its lone turboshaft engine and two adjustable rotors help it fly quite quickly over 100MPH. unlike helicopters, Cormorant can operate even in the strong winds. It’s pretty safe as the exhaust system cools fumes so that it can’t produce any infrared signature, as well as its carbon fiber body helps maintain a low radar profile.
Although the machine flies on its own, there is a video camera inside to help conscious patients talk to the human operators outside. Currently, VTOL drone is destined for the Israel Defense Force, which, considering Tactical Robotics’ home country isn’t surprising at all. Rather than military purposes, this drone could also be used in a civilian hospital to carry patients in the future.