AeroConnect

Wildfires are a growing concern throughout the world causing severe destruction to forests, wildlife, and homes. Particularly, California is once again expected to be impacted by wildfires during summer 2020. The lack of solutions to mitigate wildfires has resulted in the AeroConnect Challenge as local authorities are looking for new rapidly deployable Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems to support the fire-fighting mission. The focus of this project is to design a UAV system that is capable of monitoring and tracking wildfires while providing imagery. The system must be capable of generating optimal routes for local authorities and fire suppression aircraft into and out of the fire zone. In addition, the UAV system must serve as a persistent communication node. A team of Concordia engineering students will present and defend its solution at the AeroTech Americas show floor in front of a team of experts in March 2020.

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