Feasibility Study for a MEDEVAC Electric UAS Capability

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This study examines the feasibility of integrating medical subsystems into an existing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) platform to facilitate medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from combat environments. The implementation of a MEDEVAC-capable UAS is found to be a feasible and logical expansion of current MEDEVAC assets. A comprehensive review of current fully- or semi-autonomous electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) UAS technologies is conducted to select a candidate aircraft. A conceptual design of the MEDEVAC UAS, configured with equipment needed to sustain a casualty during evacuation is created. The smaller form factor of the system opens the opportunity to pre-deploy MEDEVAC assets to forward combat posts, improve response times, and offer evacuation options when manned assets are denied. The predicted range performance of the system supports such a concept of operation.
Payloads, Aircraft propulsion, Helicopters, Personnel, Biomedical monitoring
W. Pickell, A. Kopeikin, E. Bristow and J. Bluman, "Feasibility Study for a MEDEVAC Electric UAS Capability," 2019 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), Atlanta, GA, USA, 2019, pp. 630-635, doi: 10.1109/ICUAS.2019.8797946.