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Building Rescue using Air Vehicle Extraction
Group Members
Ludovico Baldassarri, Emily Anne Gissing, Henry Thomas Jukes, Sahil Ram, Sri Ram Vengada Ramanujam, Andreas James Yerassimou
Supervisors
Professor Neil Bressloff
Supporters
The Boeing Company
This project’s goal was to devise a plan for ‘building rescue using air vehicle extraction’ (BRAVE) and design an air rescue drone to suit this goal. This was a direct response to recent events where conventional means of rescue have failed victims trapped in the building. A new idea was proposed with the intention to save lives in the future. The vehicle was designed to be a quick response, unmanned system which reduces risk to personnel and can reach the tallest parts of a given buildings. This unmanned vehicle was unique because it could carry people to safety on the ground at a size which was manoeuvrable in urban areas. From the conceptual design of a full-scale model, based on previous industry vehicles, a scale prototype was, focusing on three main areas of design and research: the structure of the vehicle; the propulsion system and a rescue mechanism. The structure of the vehicle was based on typical aircraft fuselage design and was optimized to be lightweight and for additive manufacturing using a type of plastic. The propulsion system was a bespoke rotor, designed specifically with the requirements of maximum diameter and the all-up weight (AUW) in consideration. Finally, the rescue mechanism was designed to demonstrate that of the conceptual model. The result was a scaled prototype, which demonstrated a working rescue mechanism, but was not able to demonstrate this during flight