Drone fights fires by dropping flaming balls

Drone fights fires by dropping flaming balls

The thought of a fireplace-beginning robotic would usually have us fleeing in terror, however we’ll make an exception for this one. Researchers are creating a drone, the Unmanned Aerial System for Hearth Preventing (UAS-FF), that helps include and stop fires by dropping ping pong-sized flaming balls. If you want to burn grass earlier than it fuels an uncontrolled blaze, you simply program the drone to drop its chemically-ignited cargo in a selected sample — you do not have to ship in a pricey plane or face the dangers of beginning fires on the bottom. It’s going to be some time earlier than you see UAS-FF in service, however it’s already good to see a drone that helps firefighting as an alternative of getting in the best way.

[Image credit: Craig Chandler/University Communications]

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