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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  • 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.


  • @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.”

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
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