Star 8 Green Rescue Drone
Star 8 Green
Capalaba, Queensland, Australia
Based in Australia, Star 8 Green, with multiple offices in South East Asia, is an innovative technology company, continuously introducing new green energy technology which includes green transportation products (such as electric scooters, electric tuk tuks, electric buses, electric boats and more), other green technology (such as solar panels and batteries) and other green applications.
In 2018, Star 8 CEO and President, Mr Jacob Maimon, commenced the Star 8’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) passenger aircraft program or as the company calls it, the Electric Manned Aviation Vehicle (EMAV). In addition, another program was started by the company and its called the Electric Cargo Aviation Vehicle (ECAV). The eVTOL program is under the leadership of Mr. Kyxz Mendiola, a Filipino drone and flying car enthusiast, and the developer of his first one passenger eVTOL multicopter named the Koncepto Millenya.
The Rescue Drone is a remotely piloted eight propeller drone which can fly a floatation device or pull a floatation device over the water and out to a person and then pull the person safely back to shore. Two 2019 online videos show the successful tests of the Rescue Drone rescuing one person safely back to shore and the other video reveals the Rescue Drone can pull two people on a small raft and pull them back to shore safely.
The inventor foresees this aircraft to be able to rescue people not only from the water but also from buildings on fire, floods, natural disasters and any place where people might find themselves in need of being rescued. The drone can be put on the top of a fire truck and then you don't need to wait for a helicopter (or have the expense of a helicopter), to rescue people from a burning building. For lakes, bays, the ocean or other recreational water areas, the Rescue Drone can be parked at Life Guard stations and used immediately without having to wait for a helicopter. The Rescue Drone could also be used on ships, in the event someone accidentally falls off a ship.
The aircraft has multiple redundant systems so that if one of the systems fail, the aircraft will continue to fly without any problems. The cruise speed, range, flight time and payload weight have not be published as of May 2021. There is also no mention on the company's website, if or when this aircraft will be put into production; however, this will be a welcome piece of equipment for emergency personnel.
The company foresees the most promising applications for eVTOL aircraft will be for Air Taxis, personal flying cars, medical emergencies and air cargo.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL multicopter rescue drone
- Piloting: Remotely piloted
- Capacity: Ability to pull two people on a flotation device back to shore.
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Flight Time: Unknown
- Propellers: 8 propellers
- Electric Motors: 8 electric motors
- Power source: Multiple battery packs
- Fuselage: Aircraft grade aluminium
- Landing gear: Landing struts with a square base on the bottom of the struts
- Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft. There are multiple redundant flight systems, so that if one system fails, the aircraft can still fly and carry out its mission.