hero002Introduction to Hero20-FF™:

With the rise of forest fires in recent years and climate change becoming a permanent and unpredictable reality, the need for low cost solutions is growing. Hero20-FF solution comprises an autonomous low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that will collect and provide important information for the firefighting aircrafts, resources dispatching and the safety of firefighting personnel on the ground. Hero20-FF overcomes the limitations of the competitive UAVs, which require either a runway or a complex launching mechanism, making operations incompatible with fast moving fire fighting forces and manned observation towers.

Hero20-FF delivers a New Generation recoverable, low cost, tube launched micro-UAV platform aiming at: (i) accurately estimating in near real-time & measuring the wind-field along an erupted forest fire, (ii) facilitating the encounter of fire rekindling, (iii) providing accurate accessibility parameters through land observation, and (iv) enriching simulation scenarios with real case data. The powerful Hero20-FF desktop application provides near real-time wind maps, extending considerably the state-of-the-art in the technology

Hero20-FF has been co-funded by the European Commission (EC) Bilateral Research & Technology cooperation Greece-Israel 2013-2015, and by funds provided by both: (i) the National General Secretarial Research & Development (GSRT) of Greece, and (ii) The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) of the Ministry of Economy of Israel.

The Need

Wind has a strong effect on fire behaviour due to the fanning effect on the fire and may present the most persistent problem in Forest Fire Management.

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Results

To deliver a NewGen recoverable low cost micro-UAV platform aimed to accurately estimate & predict the wind-field along an erupted forest fire.

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The Product

With the rise of forest fires in recent years and climate change becoming a permanent and unpredictable reality, the need for solutions is growing.

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Integrated FF Management

Forest Fires and Forest Management systems are imperative for the prevention and preparedness, whereby forests are reliably protected.

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