With the effects of severe drought and global climate change, forest and wild fires have escalated in size and intensity globally. To face these catastrophic events, limited availability of aging, costly aerial assets are the norm.
Drone technology is now being consider by some state and federal agencies here in the US and some countries abroad.
Quicksilver Industries is preparing to bring to market a fresh new approach that will merge both ‘full-scale’ aviation and drone technology, only to a significantly higher level of sophistication.
The “Autonomous Fire Fighting Aircraft System” (AFFAS) program has been designed as a ‘supplemental’ solution to fighting both wild and forest fires.
AFFAS has not been developed to supplant current aerial assets, but to provide support when and where these assets are not allowed due to weather, nightfall and other risks to human life.
Each deployed fleet will consist of a minimum of five (5) “non-piloted” aircraft that will benefit from our proprietary “cognitive flight control system”, allowing the aircraft to be sent into severe fire and weather conditions, and to ‘work together’ as a team. They will each and collectively garner complete situational awareness through sophisticated on-board information gathering technologies and then react in real-time.
AFFAS will provide for human interface, command and control with our mobile command center. This command center will also serve as the aircraft transportation to and from the fires.
Use of digital fire dynamics will further compliment the aircraft’s ability to pinpoint critical fire conditions and then ‘decide’ how the ‘team’ will surgically address them.
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