SpearUAV’s Viper family of loitering munitions has been developed to provide effects across multiple domains.
Insitu demos UAV for fighting wildfires
Insitu and Esri have successfully completed test flights of the ScanEagle UAV equipped with a geographic information system (GIS) designed to aid firefighting missions, the company announced on 3 October.
The test was carried out to demonstrate the potential of the systems to support firefighting operations.
The ScanEagle provided real-time data for firefighters and first responders, resulting in heightened emergency response efforts, increased situational awareness and safety, and supported planning and resource allocation.
Equipped with electro-optical sensors, infrared video for night flights and mid-wave sensors, the ScanEagle surveyed fire lines at night over the Eagle Creek wildfire, which had spread to nearly 49,000 acres throughout the Columbia River Gorge region.
Insitu also deployed its INEXA Solutions professional aerial remote sensing teams to aid firefighters in suppressing the Eagle Creek fire in Oregon, US.
The ScanEagle can operate during dense smoke and at night, when manned aircraft typically cannot fly. Infrared camera technology is utilised to penetrate smoke and gather and disseminate geo-referenced still images. These images allow GIS specialists to perform analysis using Esri’s GIS ArcGIS software.
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World Defense Show 2024: Teledyne FLIR develops large CUAS to be sent for service in Ukraine and Middle East
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