The first technical tests of an unmanned aerial vehicle designed for precise detection of people in water were held in the period 10-11.09.2018. Its construction is the aim of the SARA (Search and Rescue Aid and Surveillance using High EGNSS Accuracy) project. MUS is a partner in the project consortium led by the Italian company Sistematica SPA, which also includes a drone manufacturer TopView SRL, the University of Florence and the University of Aarhus. The end of the project is planned for 2020.

The first tests of the "tethered drone" took place on the training vessel Nawigator XXI. The drone is supposed to be a tool primarily for SAR services enabling the increase of the detection range of survivors and their precise location. A cable attached to the drone supplies electricity and can transmit digital data, so there is no need to replace the battery. The tested technology enables avoidance of the interference caused by many electromagnetic devices (in particular radio and radiolocation equipment) mounted on ships. The assumption of the project is to construct a specialized device intended for work in marine conditions, resistant to a wide range of meteorological conditions, salinity and dynamics of ship’s motion in waves. The team supervised by prof. Lucjan Gucma, DSc. Eng. is responsible for inclusion of the present and future requirements of users at sea in this project, including the solution of problems related to positioning, data presentation on the electronic navigational chart as well as coordination of the cooperation with the Polish Maritime Search and Rescue Service. The designers are also planning to use the drone commercially, e.g. in construction industry or for monitoring purposes.
Detailed information available at: http://thesaraproject.eu/