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Design of the Next-Generation Autonomous Flying Ambulance

Tang, Ellande and Spieler, Patrick and Anderson, Matthew and Chung, Soon-Jo (2021) Design of the Next-Generation Autonomous Flying Ambulance. In: AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics , Reston, VA, Art. No. 2021-1514. ISBN 9781624106095.

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As electric aircraft take to the skies, it is becoming common to speculate on potential niches in which to apply the technology. One promising role for these vehicles is in the medical domain, a role currently filled by helicopters. A Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft with autonomous capabilities could avoid obstacles and transport injured patients to receive critical medical care more quickly than land-based options. This paper presents the design of a novel, fully-electric VTOL aircraft designed to satisfy a medical transport mission by carrying a patient and a paramedic a moderate distance. The paper also presents a scale vehicle model that can be used to test the vehicle design and potential autonomy technologies as well as the special design considerations unique to a VTOL with fixed-wing capabilities. The resultant vehicle will represent the state-of-the-art of what is possible with existing hardware while remaining a flexible platform for autonomy research.

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Official Citation:Ellande Tang, Patrick Spieler, Matthew Anderson and Soon-Jo Chung. Design of the Next-Generation Autonomous Flying Ambulance. AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum. AIAA 2021-1514. January 2021; DOI: 10.2514/6.2021-1514
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Deposited By: George Porter
Deposited On:13 Jan 2021 16:02
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