Drone Hopper: Firefighters of the future

©Drone Hopper

A senior Airbus engineer from Spain has developed heavy-duty autonomous drones to quell wildfires safely

Imagine a swarm of large, round flying objects appearing on the horizon. Flying in formation, they approach a column of black smoke rising over a burning forest in the distance. While still keeping close to one another, they start to break formation. Then one by one, they release their liquid payload, dispersing a fine mist that enshrouds the raging fire in a white cloud. The dense smoke and searing heat dissipates gradually. Their job done, these “UFOs” regroup and fly off into the distance, disappearing as suddenly as they had appeared. This is not a scene from a sci-fi movie, bu...
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