Connect Robotics, a company specializing in drone transport services, recently participated in the “World’s Largest Robotics Exercise” known as the Robotic Experimentation and Prototyping Augmented by Maritime Unmanned Systems (REPMUS) exercise. During the exercise, Connect Robotics utilized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to deliver emergency medical kits over the ocean. The drones took off from the shoreline, landed on a Portuguese naval ship using precision landing systems, delivered the kits, and returned to the shore.
Connect Robotics, established in 2015, focuses on democratizing drone transport services across various industries. Their primary focus is on the transportation of medical supplies and laboratory samples within the healthcare sector. However, their flexible solutions allow for the transportation of vital items in other industries as well.
The REPMUS exercise, organized by the Portuguese Navy and NATO, took place in Troia and Sesimbra, Portugal. It brought together participants from the military, private sector, universities, and tech companies. The exercise showcased the applications of emerging aquatic and aerial technologies for safety, defense, and emergency response.
Connect Robotics has previously participated in similar exercises, including the Beyond Visual Line-Of-Sight (BVLOS) flight during the ARmy Technological EXperimentation (ARTEx) organized by the Portuguese Army. This operation demonstrated the effectiveness of Connect Robotics’ solution in defense logistics.
Currently, Connect Robotics is involved in transporting medicines at the Lajeosa Pharmacy in Vise, Portugal, often operating in BVLOS ranges. This initiative is co-organized by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (NATO CMRE), and the NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative (NATO MUSI).
Connect Robotics is enthusiastic about participating in the next REPMUS exercise later this month. The successful integration of their UAVs in this exercise further validates the potential for large-scale implementation and integration of drone technology in multinational operations.
Source: Walker Robinson and Miriam McNabb