The Pars prototype was able to fly for 10 minutes at a top speed of 10 m/s (22.4 mph) before needing to recharge
RTS Lab has pointed out that the drone's fast speed combined with a capacity for several life preservers means it could attend to multiple people in one trip as well
RTS Lab has successfully tested a prototype of its Pars aerial robot, a drone that flies out over large bodies of water to drop life preservers near drowning victims
With such an important job on its shoulders, RTS Lab wants to make sure Pars functions as well as possible before attempting to distribute it internationally
When conducting a trial rescue mission, the drone was able to reach a target 75 m (246 ft) away in about 22 seconds, while a human lifeguard took 91 seconds to swim to the same location
RTS Lab hopes to refine its current design based on these trials and possibly add some more features, though it is still looking for further funding to make this possible
Earlier this year, RTS Lab unveiled its concept for Pars, an aerial robot that flies out over a large body of water to air-drop life preservers near drowning victims. Like many design concepts, we weren't sure if this life-saving drone would ever become a reality, but it seems the Iran-based company was recently able to fund a working prototype and even test its capabilities in open water. Based on these initial tests, it's possible that this flying, GPS-guided lifeguard could be out there saving lives sooner than you think.
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