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National Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office
RxCADRE Prescribe Wildfire, Eglin Airforce Base
The US Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the US Forest Service (USFS) conducted RQ-11A Raven flight operations during a prescribed burn at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, February 2011. The RxCADRE event (Prescribed Fire Combustion and Atmospheric Dynamics Research Experiments) occurs on a biannual basis in conjunction with the Air Force and several fire researchers across the nation.

The UAS operations streamed live video to fire command and as a proof of concept "testing" mission. Live video was collected during two flights utilizing the Raven's IR thermal and ectro-optical (natural color) camera in support of wildfire management and operations. Enhancements to the Raven's video exploitation platform were tested during the 1,800 acre prescribed burn.

March 2011 AUSVI Magazine Article Adobe PDF
Mission Poster Adobe PDF

UAS Base Stations, Eglin AFB USGS Raven, Eglin AFB
UAS Base Stations USGS Raven
Thermal Camera Shot Thermal Camera Shot
Black is Hot, Thermal camera (Trees in White),
380 Ft AGL
White is Hot, Thermal camera,
500 Ft AGL
Natural Color Fire Staging Area Pond in Burn Block
Natural Color view of Fire Staging Area,
600 ft AGL
Oblique mosaic of pond in burn block,
560 ft AGL


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