Firefighting is among the plethora of applications for unmanned aerial systems (UAS). It then comes as no surprise that Fire Chief has outlined five technologies that could soon be used in fire and emergency response operations.
Mary Rose Roberts, product editor for the website, first highlights the ELIMCO E300. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), she says, can be used to hover above a forest fire for about three hours at night. In addition, by employing ELIMCO's FENIX system, operators of the UAV can diagnose a forest fire in real time via a mapping application.
The Viking 400-S UAS from L3 Communication, Roberts reports, has flight endurance of up to 12 hours. Because the aircraft can carry a payload of 100 pounds, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detectors can be equipped on the UAS.
According to Roberts, Information Processing Systems' mobile command vehicles can act as a ground control station for UAVs. As such, firefighters can have their entire communications system on-site.
The eBee drones from Sensefly have a 37.8-inch wingspan, weigh 1.5 pounds and can fly continuously for 45 minutes. The UAVs are equipped with a 16-megapixel camera, and Roberts notes that the drones could be deployed by individual firefighters for situational awareness.
Finally, Kaman's K-MAX unmanned aerial truck can carry 6,000 pounds of payload. Roberts says the UAV can be used to provide supplies to firefighters in the field at a disaster.
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