A micro-UAS to start prescribed fires

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Abstract

Prescribed fires have many benefits, but existing ignition methods are dangerous, costly, or inefficient. This paper presents the design and evaluation of a micro-UAS that can start a prescribed fire from the air, while being operated from a safe distance and without the costs associated with aerial ignition from a manned aircraft. We evaluate the performance of the system in extensive controlled tests indoors. We verify the capabilities of the system to perform interior ignitions, a normally dangerous task, through the ignition of two prescribed fires alongside wildland firefighters.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title A micro-UAS to start prescribed fires
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-50115-4_2
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Seattle
Description 13 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title ISER 2016: 2016 International Symposium on Experimental Robotics
First page 12
Last page 24