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Zala UAV monitors forest fires

22nd October 2009 - 07:01 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


ZALA AERO would like to announce a successful completion to the planned testing of UAS ZALA 421-08 (2kg) and ZALA 421-12 (4kg) during September 22nd to 24th that tested the capabilities of these systems to monitor and survey for forest fires as well as identifying the roles that UAVs can have in the agricultural industry in the near future.

The key finding of the testing that took place in the Moscow region concluded that ZALA UAS systems portability and simply changeable payloads play a key role in providing flexibility that agricultural environment requires.

Both of the systems are now equipped with built in photo cameras with GPS mapping and changeable day view or infrared payloads that provide 360 degree viewing angle. During the tests the information from both systems was translated to one ground control station on which the targets were mapped out.

As for results, the pre-pared fires that ZALA UAV systems needed to identify on all of the tests the systems identified all burning fires but also identified underground fires that were spreading while also on two separate occasions identifying and tracking the culprits.

These tests were conducted with the government agency FGY <> to test systems capability and the integration of ZALA UAS into the existing ISDM-Rosleshoz network as information component.

Other conclusions include that ZALA UAS are applicable and provide cost benefits to the manned aviation in surveying agricultural establishments and enforcing the law.
These tests have established a defiant point in the applicability of UAV systems in civil sector. ZALA AERO and FGY <> are now in discussions to establish and ingrate a ZALA UAS system before the end of the year, combining ZALA 421-08 and ZALA 421-12 platforms to provide the flexibility of a multi-platform UAS.


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