SkyBarge, the firefighting drone
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UAVs are very versatile. As mentioned in previous posts, they can be used to tackle various problems. Firefighters already used drones for monitoring areas affected by the blaze as you can read here and here. Actual aerial firefighting (not fire monitoring) might be the next possible application of drones.
California Polytechnic State University students designed a drone that can do exactly that. Large rectangular frame with eight rotors steered by remote control, created by a team of nine students, successfully negotiated obstacle course and dropped payload on a target within five minutes of allocated time (90 seconds to be more precise, quite impressive). The test was designed to simulate hypothetical firefighting mission. Competing against 14 other designs (mostly blimp fashioned crafts), Cal Poly team won the UAV competition held on 5th of April.
The winning creation, called SkyBarge, will compete again on International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Nov. 14-20 in Montreal.
Dronologista congratulates the SkyBarge team, and wishes them good luck in future UAV adventures.