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Test flight with deficopter at German Aerospace Center in Cologne

Tuesday, 10. February 2015

In cooperation with several European partners, the Institute of Aerospace Medicine is currently planning a rescue system by using a multicopter: The multicopter is supposed to carry a defibrillator to a place where a cardiological emergency has happened: Then the first aiders may use the defibrillator until the professional rescue team arrives. Defibrillators are used in the case of life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias.

If the emergency call center receives an emergency call, the deficopter will automatically be
loaded with data and navigated to the location of the emergency. The defibrillator will be
dropped at the designated place. As the multicopter is equipped with a camera the operator
at the emergency call center can see the location of the emergency call.

In Cologne, the test flight was carried out to demonstrate the functionality of the deficopter to
all involved partners. In addition to the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, the Institute of Flight
Systems and the Institute of Air Transport and Airport Research of the German Aerospace
Center, the companies HEIGHT TECH GmbH & Co. KG (copter’s manufacturer), SCHILLER
AG (defibrillator’s manufacturer) and Delta Computer Management oHG (Software), and the
Karolinska Institute (Center for Resuscitation) in Stockholm are working on the project in cooperation
with the initiator of the concept, the association Definetz e.V. Furthermore, the
Swiss rescue service of Solothurner Spitäler AG is interested in a cooperation.

The test area of the first test phase will be close to Stockholm within a radius of 10 km
(10,000 m). The test will start in summer in cooperation with the rescue coordination center
of Sweden’s capital city. As Sweden has already developed a voluntary first aider system
with as many as 13,000 registered users, the area seems to be suitable to test the deficopter.
The application for smartphones (app) is the most important part of information technology
needed. Experience already gained in Sweden by using the app and the system shall be
enhanced with the rescue system ‘deficopter’.

The tasks and objectives of the German Aerospace Center and its partners are the integration
of new systems into future aviation, to develop new requirements for the operators of the
rescue coordination center, the integration of first aiders into rescue chains and to prove the
efficiency and effectiveness. The project will be financed through European funding programs.

Cologne / Baar, February 2015