A Swiss team has developed a drone able to enter confined spaces and safely fly close to humans, providing a critical support during rescue missions.
The remotely controlled aircraft, named Gimball, features a rotating cage that protects it against collisions in tight environments, according to developers at Swiss team Flyability.
Gimball received a US$1 million grant after winning the recent UAE Drones for Good Award.
“We struggled to find funding to develop our search and rescue drone,” team leader Patrick Thevoz said.
With the grant, Flyability will be able to commercially develop the drone and send it to places where it’s dangerous for humans to undertake rescue missions, Thevoz said.
The competition took place in Dubai Internet City.
The other finalists included drones for reforestation, urgent organ transport, delivery catchment systems and crop monitoring.
The event drew more than 800 contestants from 57 countries around the world, led by Spain with 62 entries, followed by the United States with 47 and India with 34.
Relief services topped the list of entries, followed by civil defense services, economic development and the environment.
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