NET GUARD drone rescues people from highrise fire emergencies

NET GUARD drone rescues people from highrise fire emergencies

NET GUARD is a high altitude self-driven UAV drone concept designed by a group of 6 students in guangzhou, china. the creation is meant to rescue people from highrise fire emergencies — when receives a distress signal, it uses GPS to pinpoint the location of the fire. traveling at high altitude to avoid traffic and reach the scene of the emergency in the fastest possible time, the drone approaches the scene and unfolds into four parts with a safety net at the center.




the power for NET GUARD to travel at high altitudes and catch a person in mid-air is harnessed from four propellors. the net itself is made from a quadruple layer of polyurethane, which is strong enough to hold the weight of an average adult. sensors keep track of the person as they jump into the net, positioning the drone to catch them.


the concept is shortlisted to win $13,000 at this year’s golden pin concept design award

NET GUARD drone rescues people from highrise fire emergencies
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NET GUARD drone rescues people from highrise fire emergencies


NET GUARD drone rescues people from highrise fire emergencies


NET GUARD drone rescues people from highrise fire emergencies


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  • Your magic carpet ride.

    Archie Ferguson says:
  • Great concept. The angle of thrust on the drones seems counter to the required angle of thrust required. Keep working on it this is a tool that could save lives without endangering others. Include mountain and water rescue models to expand your customer base.

    Rob says:
  • This sounds like a very promising idea. I hope the creators get all the funding they need to make it functional and reliable. I’m excited about its potential. Best of luck!

    lyt says:
  • Very nice concept. I wonder how that net is going to nicely unfold and fold back into the device. I thik that´s the biggest challenge to the concept, in the form presented, at least.

    Francisco Vianna says:
  • It’s bogus. There is no way to spread out a semi-rigid net like that. As soon as a human lands in the middle the fans will thrust outwards and not down and the net will collapse because the fan thrust is pushing it to collapse.

    Chris P says:
  • With all due respect. There is no way four tiny fans could fully support the weight of a falling human. It defies the laws of physics. This is the very reason why Architects and carpenters don’t get along. Especially, when said Architect asks why he can’t build a flying castle. As well intentioned as it may be concepts like this have more in common with fantasy than reality. As science does not support it.

    J. S. Lavenstein says:
  • REALLY !!

    Cannot believe this would really work. Would you jump 0ff the 15th floor onto this?

    ChrisP is right.

    Johnb says:
  • @Johnb
    When the planes crashed into the World Trade Center buildings in NYC, people jumped from much higher floors knowing that they would die when they hit the ground, which this may prevent.
    @J. S. Lavenstein
    There are currently flying vehicles for people based on drone technology. I think that this is possible with a little more design work.

    DanahsDesigns says:
  • Thank goodness for all the great minds behind the thoughts of what might be possible. The people who share these ideas are limited by the long standing truths of the knowledge, tools and materials we use today. The future does prove that the human race can advance beyond the limits that have been apparently set in stone.

    GLewis says:
  • No way this concept of retractable net will work. Quadcopters work on the basis of having four stable unmovable rotors. Still you can move them independently, but always keeping a controlled distance and angle. First thing this will tend to do is fold into itself with the central weight of a falling human which in turn will make them (rotors) useless, with all four of them facing outwards, hence pushing helplessly inwards.

    24Hz says:
  • I don’t mean to stifle creativity but this the dumbest thing I have ever seen on this site. It is cartoonishly under thought. For starters: As soon as the individual units separate how do they stabilize? I could produce a lengthy list of very obvious problems with the concept but don’t want to waste the time. I seriously hope they aren’t really considering funding this concept as there are many better ideas that deserve actual consideration.

    Robert Fletcher says:
  • Very powerful drones could erase maybe(?) all of the current design flaws. And create new ones, probably. But if the drones stayed stable while absorbing the force of a falling person, their coordination and navigation are more straightforward. But if it positions for a 12th floor save and someone jumps from the 15th? Just build in all the power you can. Some situations will just be too much.
    Big power is vital.

    Jeff Chernoff says:
  • Isn’t this similar to early development when Thomas Edison did not agree with Nicola Tesla’s idea of AC current?

    Edison claimed that the only way to go was DC current.

    I bet you won’t be tapping on your computer keyboard had it not been for the AC alternating current.

    Vic says:
  • why not have parachutes for high rises? strap them on and deploy via a rip cord system similar to ww2 parachutists?this is old technology. and simple training would allow anyone to use it. especially as towers and high-rises go higher and higher , I think people would prefer that risk as opposed to simply jumping… i agree this technology is somewhat incredulous in this design with the four drones, would be simpler for a drone that would approach and let you strap onto it .

    the other comment is i dont know why city fire departments are not forced to have rescue helicopters that hold 10 people , simply having people head to the roof would be a muster point. especially if the path down is blocked.

    david the turner says:
  • @Robert Fletcher
    I would like to argue that this idea is 100% doable with just a few minor changes. I know because I had this same idea inspired by watching a talk and demonstration on youtube last month. In fact the video shows that this has already been done – last year, and just requires imagining two parts differently. After the Wright Brothers flew their first flight in Kitty Hawk, they brought operations back to Ohio and continued practicing in a field about two hours out of town. Al though they invited the local press to their launch, no one from the town nor the press would attend. Their first publication on flight was in the magazine, ‘Gleanings in Bee Culture’, 1905. The articles written by Amos Root were turned down by the Scientific American. Or as James M. Cox, publisher at that time of the Dayton Daily News said, “Frankly, none of us believed it.”

    John says:
  • 1. long hair or wearing loose clothing may caught by drone rotor, the good looking prepeller guard does not prevent from those serious injurie.
    2. the scale of drones would be larger for longer blade length in order get enough lift to beat up a men’s weight times gravitationally acceleration and circumstances wind force.
    3. smoke from fire would blind optical sensors
    4. lots of sundries drop from fire could hit the drones.


    leechin says:

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