HLA is pleased to support an academic research project into the future of airborne disaster relief. Project PEGASOS is being undertaken by engineering undergraduate students  from Loughborough University in the UK.  The project is looking to develop a future airborne disaster relief system.  Among the many challenges with responding rapidly to natural disasters, such as earthquakes or tropical storms, Project PEGASOS aims to focus on overcoming the infrastructure issue to deliver aid faster and more effectively.

The project is running from October 2018 to July 2019.  Currently, it is in the final stages of concepting, with the team looking to design a system consisting of three modules, each with a different purpose:

  1. Intelligence: gathering tactical information using UAV technology, deployed rapidly by parachute.
  2. Infrastructure repair: provide rapid repair and hasty construction of landing strips and helicopter sites to set the conditions for follow on aid from other nations, thus reducing dependency on staging areas further afield of the disaster zone.
  3. Precision Aid Delivery: safe and accurate survival essentials to remote locations cut off from communication and access using guided parachute and glider platforms.

Project PEGASOS has already received fantastic support from industry: representatives have attended both AIDEX 2018 in Brussels and the International Disaster Relief Expo in London last month.  A number of companies have kindly offered support and information into logistical issues of humanitarian aid, as well as possible solutions.  It is expected that the team will continue to grow engagement with NGOs, Government agencies and other organisations into the New Year.

In the meantime, the team is looking for organisations who are willing to assist the project progressing forward.  Any information, technical support or advice on the issues the project aims to address, namely rapid delivery of aid to natural disasters would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact Michael at M.A.ALVARADO-RIVERO-15@student.lboro.ac.uk if you would like to enquire further to support to the project.