Alpha Unmanned Systems' Alpha 800 selected as UAS platform for H2020 ResponDrone Project

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Alpha Unmanned Systems has announced that its Alpha 800 has been selected as the UAS platform for the European Union's three year €8.3 Million H2020 ResponDrone Project. 

According to Alpha, the Alpha 800 will be used to demonstrate how multi-UAS operation can deliver high value data and services for first responders following a disaster.

The project, which kicked off on Monday, May 20 in Madrid, Spain, is made up of 20 companies—including Thales, IAI and DLR—from 12 countries. Alpha says that it will manage all flights and systems integration into both the Alpha 800s and the cloud-based data analysis platforms.

“ResponDrone is a very important project for the UAV industry. It will show the enormous value that UAVs will provide to First Responders globally,” says Eric Freeman, CEO of Alpha.

“Flying multiple UAV helicopters concurrently from the same ground control station has never been done and Alpha is on track to accelerate the potential of UAVs through this program.”

According to ResponDrone project manager Max Friedrich from DLR (German Aerospace Center), emergency response teams that use the ResponDrone system will be able to respond “more rapidly, effectively and efficiently” to an emergency or disaster, therefore saving more lives.

“The fleet of drones will provide enhanced capabilities to support mission assessment and search and rescue operations, as well as forest fire fighting,” Friedrich says.