Connect Robotics Uses UAVs to Deliver Emergency Kits Over the Sea in “World’s Largest Robotics Exercise”

Connect Robotics recently participated in the “World’s Largest Robotics Exercise,” delivering emergency medical kits over the ocean using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The exercise, called Robotic Experimentation and Prototyping Augmented by Maritime Unmanned Systems (REPMUS), was organized by the Portuguese Navy and NATO. Connect Robotics’ drones successfully departed from the shore, landed on a Portuguese naval ship with their precision landing system, delivered the kits, and returned to the shoreline.

Connect Robotics is a company established in 2015 that specializes in making drone transport services accessible. Their primary focus is on transporting medical supplies and laboratory samples within the healthcare sector, but they also have the flexibility to transport vital items across various industries.

The REPMUS exercise aims to showcase the potential applications of emerging aquatic and aerial technologies for safety, defense, and emergency response. It brings together participants from the military, private sector, universities, and tech companies. Connect Robotics has previously engaged in similar exercises, including the Beyond Visual Line-Of-Sight (BVLOS) flight during the ARmy Technological EXperimentation (ARTEx) organized by the Portuguese Army.

Connect Robotics is currently involved in transporting medicines at the Lajeosa Pharmacy in Vise, Portugal, often operating in BVLOS ranges. The company collaborates with the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation, and the NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative.

Having successfully integrated their UAVs into the REPMUS exercise, Connect Robotics is eager to participate in the next exercise. This accomplishment further demonstrates the company’s ability to implement drone technology on a large scale in multinational operations.

– Walker Robinson, Graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara
– Miriam McNabb, Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE