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Thursday, June 29, 2023

Heat-Resistant Drone Could Scope, Map Burning Buildings, Wildfires

 Heat-Resistant Drone Could Scope, Map Burning Buildings, Wildfires

Imperial College London (U.K.)

Hayley Dunning, June 26, 2023

Scientists at the U.K.'s Imperial College London (ICL) and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology designed a heat-resistant drone that could inspect and define the scope of fires in buildings and woodland. The FireDrone incorporates thermal aerogel insulation material and a cooling system based on the release and evaporation of gas from carbon dioxide sensors so it can tolerate temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit) for up to 10 minutes. Explained ICL's Mirko Kovac, "FireDrone could be sent in ahead to gather crucial information—noting trapped people, building layouts, unexpected hazards—so that responders can prepare accordingly to keep themselves safe and potentially save more lives."  ... '

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