The intended use of D-DALUS is
- Security applications (Non Military)
- Sensor platforms
- Cargo – delivery of stores to remote detachments
- Fisheries and oil tanker protection
- Oil platform security
- Piracy Patrol
- Support to police
- Escorting Refugees
- Delivery of food aid
- Filming war crimes
- Minefield warning and clearance
- Maritime search and rescue
- C2 in an emergency
- Removal of toxic waste
- Casualty rescue
- Forest fire watch
- Holding and directing fire hoses
- Trimming trees under power lines
- Supervision and maintenance for wind farms
- Supporting film crews
- Crop spraying
- Long Term Future
- Personal Transport
- Shuttle to intercontinental mother craft
Almost daily we witness global challenges that range from shipping or oil platform disasters, threats from global terrorism, Somali pirates, earthquakes and Tsunamis and even nuclear accidents and contamination or despotic regimes deploying aircraft and artillery against their own people. As each event unfolds, we are frustrated by the limitations of our conventional tools in trying to generate a swift and effective solution. How valuable it would be if we had an instant response fleet of aircraft that could provide intimate visual coverage of events, even pre-warning or tracking of such phenomena as tsunamis, oil slicks, small boats, radioactive leakages, arms traffic, the deployment of mines and IEDs etc. Where it is too dangerous for human presence, how ideal it would be if we could deploy a robotic platform that could fly through smoke and radiation, enter buildings, recover casualties or hazardous materials, hold and direct fire hoses or deliver lifesaving equipment.
Fixed wing drones certainly play their part. But those capable of large payloads are costly, require large launch and recovery platforms and are limited in their ability to dwell on target. They lack stealth, manoeuverbility, range and endurance. They cannot enter buildings.
Rotary wing drones can take off and land in a relatively small space. But they are challenged in bad weather, at long ranges, at high speed and in operating to and from lurching platforms such as vehicles in battle or boats in rough weather. The external rotors present a hazard and a strong signature. Those capable of large payloads are usually costly and complex to maintain.
Ideally we would love an aerial platform that can approach as gently and silently as a hot air balloon, can stay in the air like a humming-bird, can rotate in any direction like a football, can ‘glue down’ on the deck of a ship like a ‘tossed pancake’, can see in all directions like a crystal ball, can fly as fast as a jet, is as invisible as a 155mm shell and can be repaired by a local car mechanic.
Such an aircraft now appears within reach.