WILDFIRE  PREVENTION

AUTONOMOUS SOLAR DRONE

WINNER OF THE #E-TEC 2022 CONTEST BY ENAC

> 8 hours

Daytime

endurance

Hourly coverage

1200  acres

10  Km

Radio range

Image by Geran de Klerk

FH-O

CONSTANT MONITORING OF THE TERRITORY

The problem of forest wildfires is a top priority concern worldwide.

Providing the authorities responsible for prevention with devices capable of detecting early small flames can ensure a quick first intervention and can offer substantial help while fighting the phenomenon.

FH-0 is an “eye from the sky” that identifies fires promptly and accurately even in the case of small flames.

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Thermal sensor

The drone is equipped with a thermal sensor capable of discriminating a small heat source from 120 meters, i.e. from the maximum height that can be reached by ENAC regulation.

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Constant monitoring

FH-0 is a solar-powered drone capable of patrolling an area autonomously for over 8 hours.  Upon recognition it shares the coordinates to the operator.

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Take off and landing

Lightweight, small in size and equipped with electric propulsion it is extremely easy to use.

Hand launch takeoffs and landings can be automated and managed by the onboard electronics.

CONTROL SYSTEM

The control system of the vehicle is managed on the 2.4GHz frequency with redundancy on a laptop with 4G / 5G connection. Both laptop and ground station are receiving the notifications of any detected fire with relative GPS coordinates.

GROUND STATION 2.4GHz

The main control method of the FH-0 is entrusted to a 7” full-HD high brightness portable ground-station with Android operating system. The customized software on board allows the operator to perform all the programming phases of the mission, the flight and to receive any notifications in complete autonomy.

LAPTOP LTE

For more advanced planning and control redundancy, an ultra-portable laptop of the latest generation with Windows operating system and integrated LTE connectivity is supplied for direct access to vehicle commands both from the operational headquarters and in the field during the mission.  

All the necessary software is pre-installed and already configured to interface with the drone supplied with.

USE SCENARIOS

Binocular

Patrolling areas at risk

Police

Arson surveillance and deterrence

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Search for flames and re-ignitions

in burnt areas

Image by Paul Summers
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