SARA idea has been stimulated starting by a patent filed (July,3th 2015 – #102015000030672 “Aeromobile drone e stazione di cambio batteria per tale aeromobile”) which is based on a proprietary RPAS multirotor tightly coupled to a base station (HANGAR) able to change the RPAS exhaust battery with a charged one. The same system could be modified by substitution of the battery change tool with a winch tool system winding a tethering cable for power supply of the aircraft.
Figure 1‑10 shows some CAD sketches of the design of concept in two configurations
SARA “BLACK RING” DRONE
Compatible Commercial payload
RANGE FOR DETECTION FOR DAY AND NIGHT OPERATIONS (Survivors swimming and Small Vessels)
Real time indication of estimated target bearing, range and Geographical coordinates on Terminal
SARA User Terminal has been developed on AERONAV platform
This project has received funding from the European GNSS Agency (grant agreement No 776099), under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme GALILEO-3-2017.