Urban Aeronautics Tests Unmanned Medevac Vehicle

21 January 2010 (Last Updated January 21st, 2010 18:30)

Israeli company Urban Aeronautics has successfully hover tested a new unmanned medical evacuation vehicle called AirMule. AirMule is an autonomous vertical take-off and landing aircraft specifically designed for cargo transport and medical evacuation operations. During the tests,

Israeli company Urban Aeronautics has successfully hover tested a new unmanned medical evacuation vehicle called AirMule.

AirMule is an autonomous vertical take-off and landing aircraft specifically designed for cargo transport and medical evacuation operations.

During the tests, the aircraft hovered 2ft off the ground and showed the control system's ability to stabilise the vehicle in all three axes using inertial measurements augmented by GPS and two laser altimeters.

The testing demonstrated that the unmanned system used for roll and yaw control would allow the production vehicle to hover with high precision in winds of up to 50kt with planned enhancements.

The Israeli Defence Force has shown interest in the AirMule as an unmanned medevac vehicle to operate in urban environments.

The second phase of flight tests will include horizontal and vertical position stabilisation.