Air Platforms

UK plans trial of rescue UAS system from RN ship

19 November 2018

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is funding the at-sea demonstration of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed to find and aid personnel who have fallen overboard. The demonstration will be staged from a Royal Navy (RN) vessel.

Developed by Roke Manor Research under the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s Project Minerva initiative, the Autonomous Man Over Board Response (AutoMOBR) UAS is intended to provide autonomous launch, search, location, and life raft deployment.

Under a Phase 1 Minerva contract, Roke Manor Research developed an AutoMOBR concept that demonstrated a level of technical feasibility over land. The six-month Minerva Phase 2 contract, valued at GBP250,000 (USD320,600), is designed to provide the additional input necessary to inform any potential future acquisition decision.

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