In October 2000, the 'Ievoli Sun' was wrecked off the coast of the Cotentin. This accident has changed the lives of Luc Brohan, Brest sailors-fire company: "During the debriefing, it was found that helicopter pilots came to the rescue of the ship had been inconvenienced by transported chemical odours." Since then, he wanted to find a way to make safer the assistance interventions. The idea became a reality: a naval robot capable of analyzing the atmosphere before the intervention of human beings human. With the drone of radiological and chemical detection, called "d2.""RC", Luc Brohan received daring 2006 Award by the Ministry of defence.
Yet, for years, the sailor has kept his brilliant idea for him. The military hierarchy does little favour the emergence of innovation. Especially on the part of a non-commissioned officer with any academic degree... a mechanical BoE. It is yet not without a well tempered character. In 1980, simple called of the contingent, the deckhand had not hesitated to ask the Commander of his ship to create a radio station for the entertainment of the sailors of the edge. For about twenty years, he multiplied the formations: chemical risk among the firefighters of the city, first aid (it is trainer national and not part en voyage without its aid kit). It also agreed to change career, passing the status of marine-firefighter assigned to the port of Brest to the marin-fireman of the "fleet". This includes the possibility to be transferred.
Any change in 2004 with the appointment of a new Commander in brestois firefighters sailors who are interested in his idea. Seduced, the maritime prefect advice even to seek the staff of the Navy, which gives Luc Brohan an envelope of 35,000 euros to develop his idea. "His project was mature, but he had not found the listening", explains simply his current commanding officer, frigate Captain Didier Nyffenegger.
Things go fast and Luc Brohan is revealed. It acquaints himself with the commanders of the high sea tugs, familiar phenomena of pollution. In parallel, it foam the Web to find solutions: "the idea of the drone flying or flight has rapidly emerged." Specifically, the "Argonaut" tug has a remote-controlled vessel for the anti pollution control. Why not staff of different specialized sensors
"It is a leader."
Luc Brohan bute however technical problems: integration of different software, transmission of data. He seeks the help of underwater study group (Gesma), which depends on the Directorate-General for armaments (DGA). "There has been a good ability to manage the project and to find the right skills." "It is really a leader", note Rodolphe Pellae, technician in naval Robotics Gesma and main architect of the project with Luc Brohan, which States: "I've worked at 80 on my own time."
Now invited to seminars on innovation, Luc Brohan, forty-one years, has two other projects in mind. One would be to secure the large scales of the firefighters. The other, more ambitious, would like to develop a system of crisis management using virtual reality. A dedication which also has a consequence: his next appointment to the rank of officer. Gifted oral it is also uncomfortable with an Admiral or the prefect of Finistère with a seaman", note its commander , on the other hand, it has difficulty in writing. Fatal to the competition. But the Navy, good girl, reserves the right to appoint some bright topics on record. The view of the hierarchy is decisive. Didier Nyffenegger was praise: "Excellent professional", "great ability of trainer", "very good relational... By the next year, the master Luc Brohan main will be called "my lieutenant".