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20-06-2017 - APOLLO 4 - The saving life drone of Caorle Beach


It landed on Levante beach in Caorle but it doesn't come from space.

His name is "APOLLO 4" and, even if it evokes epic space missions, the denomination refers to the Greek god of sun and medical arts. A perfect blend for the first experimental project in Italy, and probably in Europe, to employ a drone in the medical healthcare field to save the life of tourists. And in the future, after the experiment will be over, it could be used in areas that are hard to reach by rescue.

The presentation of the project took place on the beach of Levante in Caorle, in the presence of the President of the Veneto region, the General Manager of the ULSS 4 and civil and military authorities. In the "White Oasis" area, in collaboration with Caorlespiaggia, was set up the base station and take off of the aircraft in order to be sent to the emergency site at the request of lifeguards, the first to assist people on the beach.

Caorlespiaggia will provide support throughout the day to use the drone, both in pilotage (with personalized and certified personnel) and in the use of the defibrillator that will be used by its rescue service personnel.

The testing phase will take place in 2017, with ENAC authorization in 2018. At the regime, the drone will cover a part of the beach about 2 km wide and could land at the side of the rescue turrets where special pitches will be set up by the International Emergency Logo.

Made of a carbon frame with black box and HD camera, "APOLLO 4, the Rescue Drone" uses 4 powered motors to allow the transport of a defibrillator at a speed of about 45 km / h (limited by software); it is powered by rechargeable batteries and equipped with a triple redundancy GPS guidance system, can fly up to 2000 meters in height from the ground and in windy conditions up to 30km / h. The mission is handled through the use of a remote control with an integrated tablet to ensure the live view of the flight taken by the drone camera.