From the beginning of May, Schiebel’s unmanned helicopter CAMCOPTER® S-100 is once again supporting the MOAS foundation in the rescue of refugees in distress at sea.
MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station), a registered non-profit organization based in Malta, owns a 40-meter-long vessel named Phoenix that’s used for the rescue of refugees at sea. Stationed aboard this ship, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 will serve to considerably extend the reach of the Phoenix beyond horizon. With the aid of this helicopter drone, refugee boats can be located by day and night, even in rough sea conditions and at a long distance away. The camera of the S- 100 delivers daylight and infrared video in real time to the MOAS team, enabling them to immediately assess the situation and provide the help necessary as well as to coordinate all actions in cooperation with other rescue and aid authorities throughout the Mediterranean area. During the entire mission the CAMCOPTER® S-100 will be operated and maintained by Schiebel staff.
While MOAS was able to rescue 2800 people in only 60 days last year, according to estimates over 3400 refuges in their attempts to reach Europe in 2014 lost their lives at sea. This year already more than 1800 people are believed to have died trying to cross the Mediterranean – a sharp increase to last year. Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman and Owner of Schiebel, “With our combined efforts and the experience gained from the last mission, we will save even more lives this year. We all at Schiebel are very proud and excited to support MOAS and its important rescue mission.”
Today the Phoenix sets sail from Valetta in Malta. Apart from Schiebel, this year also “Doctors without Borders” supports MOAS for the first time, providing medical staff.
Founded in 1951, the Vienna-based Schiebel Group of companies focuses on the development, testing and production of state-of-the-art mine detection equipment and the revolutionary CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS). Schiebel has built an international reputation for producing quality defense and humanitarian products, which are backed by exceptional after-sales service and support. Since 2010 Schiebel has offered its new composite product line and has been able to supply high-tech customers with premium products based on its matured carbon-fiber technology. All Schiebel products are quality- controlled to meet ISO 9001 standards. With headquarters in Vienna (Austria), Schiebel now maintains production facilities in Wiener Neustadt (Austria) and Abu Dhabi (UAE) as well as offices in Washington DC (USA) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia).
About Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS):
MOAS is a group of international humanitarians, security professionals, medical staff and experienced maritime operators who have combined their resources to help prevent further tragedies at sea. They are passionate about the plight of those seeking a better life and facing dangerous challenges as they try to find a life free from violence. MOAS, which is based in Malta, was founded by Christopher and Regina Catrambone and has a Board of Advisors made up of distinguished personalities from various sections of society.
About the CAMCOPTER® S-100:
Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) is a proven capability for military and civilian applications. The Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS needs no prepared area or supporting launch or recovery equipment. It operates by day and night, under adverse weather conditions, with a beyond line-of-sight capability out to 200 km, both on land and at sea. The S-100 navigates via pre- programmed GPS waypoints or is operated with a pilot control unit. Missions are planned and controlled via a simple point-and-click graphical user interface. High-definition payload imagery is transmitted to the control station in real time. Using “fly-by-wire” technology controlled by a triple-redundant flight computer, the UAV can complete its mission automatically. Its carbon fiber and titanium fuselage provides capacity for a wide range of payload / endurance combinations up to a service ceiling of 18000 ft. In its standard configuration, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 carries a 75-lbs / 34-kg payload up to 10 hours and is powered with AVGas or heavy fuel.