Search-and-rescue missions come with a built-in irony. Intended to save lives, they often occur in deadly conditions, where crews put their own lives at risk to rescue the endangered.
During maritime search-and-rescue operations, aircraft are often held back by gale winds and rough seas. But thanks to a prototype unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) being tested in Cyprus right now, the search part of search-and-rescue could soon be done via remote control.
Born out of the EUREKA E! 3931 ASARP Project in Europe, the seaplane's shape-shifting technology involves three aeroservoelastic trim tabs--developed by the Israeli Computational Fluid Dynamics Center--on … Read more