Design of a fire-fighting unmanned air vehicle

Subramaniam, E, Joseph, N, Rose, A and Bil, C 2012, 'Design of a fire-fighting unmanned air vehicle', in Mark Lewis (ed.) 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Online Proceedings including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition (2012), Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 9-12 January 2012, pp. 1-15.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Design of a fire-fighting unmanned air vehicle
Author(s) Subramaniam, E
Joseph, N
Rose, A
Bil, C
Year 2012
Conference name 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
Conference location Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Conference dates 9-12 January 2012
Proceedings title 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Online Proceedings including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition (2012)
Editor(s) Mark Lewis
Publisher American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Place of publication Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Abstract Australia's environmental conditions make it one of the most fire-prone countries in the world, and a large percentage of the population resides or works in high-risk areas, creating an on-going need for better fire-fighting capabilities. An undergraduate design project was based on a request from the Country Fire Authority (CFA) to create an unmanned water-bombing system for aerial fire suppression. This paper provides a summary of the resulting design, the Praesidium unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system. The proposed UAV configuration is a ducted co-axial rotor with a lifting body and forward thrust unit, which uses a bucket system to deliver water, retardant or foam payloads. This configuration offers vertical takeoff and landing capabilities regarded as essential to make use of the natural water resources available in Australia, and to enable operation in difficult terrains. The system utilizes a fleet of three semi-autonomous aircraft to enable tactical drops. Cameras and sensors will provide real-time situational awareness to the operators, who control the fleet from a mobile ground control station located at a safe distance from the fire.
Subjects Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified
Copyright notice © 2012 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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