RescueCopter Aachen

Stadt Aachen / Mirijam Böhme


#dronesforgood: "RescueCopter" helps saving lives

In case of medical emergencies every second counts. How helpful would it be to get a trained first aider plus medical equipment on site immediately?

With the "RescueCopter", an unmanned flight system to support the rescue chain in medical emergencies, this could become true. It is designed to reach the scene of an emergency in a short time and to provide the first responders with equipment to provide patients with the best possible care as quickly as possible. RescueCopter is a shared project of employees of the faculties “Mechanical engineering and mechatronics” as well as aerospace engineering of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences in close cooperation with umlaut and the Department of Economics, Science and Europe of the City of Aachen.

The application case is tested in which a specially trained first aider is alerted via our umlaut app “”, in order to be able to provide first help to the patient with the delivered materials like medication, bandages or a defibrillator shortly after the emergency event.

In addition, communication structures in the "RescueCopter" will allow the trained first-aiders to communicate with a tele medic and get concrete instructions for the initial treatment of the patient.

The project is also part of the "Urban Air Mobility" initiative. The City of Aachen joined it in September 2018 as a member of the MAHHL cities (Maastricht, Aachen, Hasselt, Heeren, Liège). It is supported by The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). Further information :

The development of the "RescueCopter" not only creates added value for society by improving the rescue chain for the Aachen area. The project partners hope to build a concrete application which also has the potential to be transferred to other regions.

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