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Presenter: Carrick Detweiler, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska
Webinar Summary: The use of helicopter-based ignition has helped to increase the number of prescribed fire acres but the expense and complexity of air operations makes aerial ignitions inaccessible to many land managers. The NIMBUS Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has developed an Unmanned Aerial System for Firefighting (UAS-FF) to precisely drop delayed ignition spheres in a manner similar to helicopter-based ignition techniques but at much lower operational costs. This spring the NIMBUS Lab worked with the FAA and fire management agencies to conduct a series of field experiments where the UAS-FF ignited fires as part of larger prescribed burns. Following the webinar, there will be time for audience Q/A. For more information about the project see the University of Nebraska NIMBUS lab.
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