On the occasion of the ITS intelligent transport exhibition, which is being held in Bordeaux from 5 to 9 October 2015, the Drones For Life (DFL) consortium will perform the first public flight of the STORK-X8 drone. This drone will be the vector that will allow testing of the transport of biological samples (blood in particular) and medicines between the different hospital centres in Bordeaux as from 2016.
The “STORK-X8” has reinvented the standards for transport drones of the future in urban areas.
Bordeaux, 5 October 2015 –
On the occasion of the ITS exhibition, the “DFL” consortium is proud to be able to publicly demonstrate a first version of the STORK-X8 drone, designed specifically for the needs of autonomous transport in the medical field.
The project DFL will save lives by facilitating the delivery by air, between hospital centres, of biological samples at ambient temperature and medicines. It should also be able to ensure the delivery of first-aid kits to accident sites.
The choices made for this rotary-wing drone rely on the skills of Sysveo, designer of the STORK-X8 drone, and BeTomorrow, in charge of the computer systems. The architecture chosen for the drone responds to the needs of air transport safety in urban areas thanks to the redundancy of the power, power supply and control functions. The STORK-X8 drone will in addition be equipped with a transponder to integrate with air navigation systems, as well as a LIDAR Laser system in order to be able to interpret unexpected events that may arise during autonomous flight
« In the course of the next decade, the STORK-X8 should become the industry standard for unmanned transport drones: by merging robotic and aeronautical features, it will be able to respond to the new logistical requirements of delivery in urban areas, such as reduction of the carbon footprint and speed of delivery, » explained Clement Alaguillaume, CEO of Sysveo.
« Our goal is to provide all the computer modules that allow full automation of flights, while ensuring maximum safety. Like the hardware, all the critical software components will feature redundancy, as will the means of radio transmission used, » added Jean-Dominique Lauwereins, co-founder of BeTomorrow.
The development phase of this drone should be complete after a year of experimentation (2016) with the goal of marketing the entire system by 2017.
Drones for Life will be present at ITS: hall 1, stand A62.
The consortium is made up as follows:
– Bordeaux University Hospital Centre (CHU), the project client
– BeTomorrow, publisher of application software and the coordinator of the project.
– Sysveo, drone application integrator, French leader in open-source drone
– DSAC-SO Aquitaine brings expertise in air traffic regulations
– AETOS, the Aquitaine cluster for drone systems, brings its expertise in the field of drones