Call For Project

Automatic UAV launching box

Keeping our future unmanned planes on high allert.

by Fredrik falkman

Subject Operations, Rescue, Search, Support, Training
Status Further Development Needed, Ongoing
Owner Type Rescue organizations

To develop a system of remotely operated UAV:s – as described in the “Providence” project –  we would have to design a remotely controlled launching mechanism housed in a protective box.

Here is the project video for “Providence” for a quick background:

At this time we are looking at using a C-Astral plane. The plane has a wing span of 230 cm and a is launched by means of a pneumatic catapult rail which is ca 2 meters long. Here is a preliminary wish list:

  1. The plane will be placed in the housing by a service person
  2. The plane must then be kept charged and happy indefinitely, protected from the elements year round
  3. The functionality mustn’t be impaired by icing or snow
  4. It should be kept safe from theft and tampering
  5. The box would probably need to sense the wind and rotate for upwind launching
  6. We need to know that there are no obstacles before takeoff
  7. Minimal environmental footprint

The placement of the boxes must also be considered. For the Swedish Sea Rescue Society, it might often make sense to place the boxes at, or on top of our many diverse rescue stations.

Here is an inspirational video about a launching box for a quad copter:


Related projects: Providence – UAV system to support Search and Rescue

Who is behind the project?

This is a project from the Innovation office at Swedish Sea Rescue Society, SSRS. The SSRS is a non-profit organization that performs the majority of sea rescues in Sweden thanks to some 2000 volunteers. Our constitution says that we are to:

  • Further the interest in sea rescue matters
  • Propose ways to improve sea rescue
  • Perform sea rescue operations

The person proposing this project is me, Fredrik Falkman. I’m an industrial designer by training working for the SSRS with development projects and general innovation. Beside my work at the SSRS, I run a design consultancy: Fredrik Falkman Design AB, FFD.


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