September 04, 2018
Innovative solutions and new technologies at the FAI International Drones Conference and Expo 2018 in Lausanne.
Sports, Safety and Innovation were the three main subjects discussed at the 2018 FAI International Drones Conference and Expo conference. Innovative applications and designs were on show at the Expo, the EPFL Robotics Showcase and the Drone Innovators Session. In the sports field, pilots went head-to-head at the EPFL Drone Racing Cup 2018, part of the FAI Drone Racing World Cup Series.
The ARISF President and GAISF First Vice President Raffaele Chiulli attended the event and presented with the FAI President Frits Brink the prestigious Prince Alvaro de Orleans-Borbon Award for the innovative ‘drone ambulance’ project.
The theme for the 2018 award was Drones for Humanity. Special consideration was given to projects that focused on remotely piloted aircraft, particularly those dedicate to humanitarian or search-and-rescue projects.
Presenting the Drones for Humanity Award Raffaele Chiulli said: “My sincere congratulations to FAI, its President and Secretary General Susanne Schödel, for having organized such a great event gathering all key stakeholders from Sport, Industry, Institutions, Universities and Research Centres. FAI has demonstrated to be an International Sport Federation striving for excellence. This was a great way to showcase how Sport can give a concrete contribution to identify and develop innovative solutions in the overall interest of our Society”.
Vincenzo Navanteri presenting the innovative award winning project “Drone Ambulance”|Photo Credits: Getty Images
Vincenzo Navanteri, mechanical engineer, was awarded at the EPFL Rolex Learning Centre in Lausanne the Prince Alvaro de Orleans-Borbon Grant to support him and his team develop the self-piloting drone ambulance that could carry a single person for up to 150km at 110km/h.
Navanteri imagined a drone that could carry an injured person out of harm’s way in all weathers. “The drone is intended mainly for rescue and first-aid missions, for example urgent interventions in remote villages or where access is temporarily difficult, anywhere affected by any type of disaster – earthquakes, floods, even nuclear contamination zones”.
Photo: FAI President Frits Brink and ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli presenting the Prince Alvaro de Orleans-Borbon Award - Drone for Humanity | Photo credits: Getty Images