Interagency Fire Unmanned Aircraft Systems Subcommittee

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Mission Statement

The Interagency Fire Unmanned Aircraft Systems Subcommittee (UASSC) provides national leadership to develop and disseminate guidance on the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in wildland fire management operations.

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  • Enable safe, effective and efficient UAS operations in the wildland fire management environment by developing and disseminating comprehensive wildland fire related UAS guidance. Include standards for UAS utilization, performance, risk management, qualifications, training, and equipment.
  • Provide coordinated and unified UAS subject matter expertise to NIAC and the NWCG member agencies.
  • Serve as a focal point for interagency wildland fire UAS operational initiatives, proposals, and issues.
  • Identify and evaluate UAS related problems; develop and propose solutions.
  • Solicit input from operations and management personnel on UAS related issues.

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Guidance Documents

UAS system operations and pilots are trained to integrate and function safely, effectively and efficiently in the incident environment to meet strategic and tactical data collection/delivery needs.

Please call the UAS Fire Coordinator @ 208-387-5335 for Additional Information.

Please call the UAS Fire Coordinator @ 208-387-5335 for Additional Information.

Home Base/StatusSpecifications

AltiTransition

Type 1

Vendor:  ArgenTech

Call When Needed (CWN)

Image of a AltiTransition unmanned aircraft.

SIZE - WEIGHT - POWER

  • Length: 6.6’
  • Wingspan: 9.8'
  • Mean Operating Weight: 49 lbs
  • Payload: Up to 3.3 lbs

PERFORMANCE

  • Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL)
  • Endurance: 12 hours
  • Max Range: 560 miles
  • Max Ceiling: 21,000’ MSL
  • Cruise Speed: 46 knots
  • Engine:  28cc 2-stroke/C-10

PAYLOAD OPTIONS

  • Sensor:  Trillium HD50 - Long Wave Infrared (LWIR).
  • Turret: Steerable, zoomable imaging turret.
  • Target tracking with a daylight or infrared camera.
  • Video imagery can be viewed in real-time, and/or in subsequent review on networked displays and Wi-Fi devices, even smartphones.

DATA OPTIONS

  • Real-Time Video
  • High-resolution photo and video
  • Infrared (IR) photo and video
  • Point/Line/Polygon (GIS products)​

CREW SIZE

  • 2 Remote Pilots

PORTABILITY/TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • 1 or 2 Vendor Service Vehicles

TYPICAL USES

  • Large Fire Support (Mapping/IR/Real-Time Situational Awareness)
  • Large Scale mapping projects (500 acres)
  • Large scale videography
  • Fireline situational awareness
  • Fireline spot fire detection

BRAMOR C4EYE

Type 3

Vendor:  Pathways 2 Solutions

Call When Needed (CWN)

 

Image of a BRAMOR C4EYE unmanned aircraft.

SIZE - WEIGHT - POWER

  • Length: 3.1’
  • Wingspan: 7.5’
  • Mean Operating Weight: 9.9 lbs

PERFORMANCE

  • Endurance: 3 hours
  • Max Range: 5 miles
  • Max Ceiling: 16,404’ MSL
  • Max Horizontal Speed: 58 knots
  • Cruise Speed: 31 knots
  • Motor: C-Astral Brushless (LiPo)

PAYLOAD OPTIONS

  • Colibri Geo-Stabilized EO/IR Gimbal

DATA OPTIONS

  • Real-Time Video
  • High-resolution photo and video
  • Infrared (IR) photo and video
  • Point/Line/Polygon (GIS products)​

CREW SIZE

  • 2 Remote Pilots

PORTABILITY/TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • 1 or 2 Vendor Service Vehicles

TYPICAL USES

  • Large Fire Support (Mapping/IR/Real-Time Situational Awareness)
  • Large Scale mapping projects (500 acres)
  • Large scale videography
  • Fireline situational awareness
  • Fireline spot fire detection

Engine8 ARES

Type 2

Vendor:  Trumbull Unmanned

Call When Needed (CWN)

Image of a Engine8 ARES unmanned aircraft.

SIZE - WEIGHT - POWER

  • Length: 5.3’
  • Wingspan: 10.2'
  • Operating Empty Weight: 35.3 lbs / 16 kg
  • Payload: Up to 150 W

PERFORMANCE

  • Endurance: 24+ hours
  • Max Range: 10 miles
  • Max Ceiling: 19,500’ MSL
  • Max Horizontal Speed: 80 knots
  • Max Cruise Speed: 50-60 knots
  • Engine:  Heavy Fuel (JP-5 or JP 8) or C-10 gasoline engine

PAYLOAD OPTIONS

  • Turret: EO, EO900 (EO camera and EO telescope). MWIR, Dual Imager (EO and MWIR).
  • Video Datalink: Analog, digital encrypted
  • C2 Datalink: Encrypted, unencrypted

DATA OPTIONS

  • Real-Time Video
  • High-resolution photo and video
  • Infrared (IR) photo and video
  • Point/Line/Polygon (GIS products)​

CREW SIZE

  • 2 Remote Pilots

PORTABILITY/TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • 1 or 2 Vendor Service Vehicles

TYPICAL USES

  • Large Fire Support (Mapping/IR/Real-Time Situational Awareness)
  • Large Scale mapping projects (500 acres)
  • Large scale videography
  • Fireline situational awareness
  • Fireline spot fire detection

Flexrotor

Type 1

Vendor:  Precision Integrated

Call When Needed (CWN)

Image of a Flexrotor unmanned aircraft.

SIZE - WEIGHT - POWER

  • Length: 6.6’
  • Wingspan: 9.8'
  • Mean Operating Weight: 49 lbs
  • Payload: Up to 5.5 lbs

PERFORMANCE

  • Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL)
  • Endurance: >24 hours
  • Max Range: 25 miles
  • Max Ceiling: 21,000’ MSL
  • Max Horizontal Speed:  88 knots
  • Cruise Speed: 46 knots
  • Engine:  28cc 2-stroke/C-10

PAYLOAD OPTIONS

  • Turret: Steerable, zoomable imaging turret.
  • Target tracking with a daylight or infrared camera.
  • Video imagery can be viewed in real-time, and/or in subsequent review on networked displays and Wi-Fi devices, even smartphones.

DATA OPTIONS

  • Real-Time Video
  • High-resolution photo and video
  • Infrared (IR) photo and video
  • Point/Line/Polygon (GIS products)​

CREW SIZE

  • 2 Remote Pilots

PORTABILITY/TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • 1 or 2 Contractor Service Vehicles

TYPICAL USES

  • Large Fire Support (Mapping/IR/Real-Time Situational Awareness)
  • Large Scale mapping projects (500 acres)
  • Large scale videography
  • Fireline situational awareness
  • Fireline spot fire detection

Huginn Air

Type 1

Vendor:  Drone America

Call When Needed (CWN)

Image of a Huginn Air unmanned aircraft.

SIZE - WEIGHT - POWER

  • Length: 6.6’
  • Wingspan: 15.6’
  • Mean Operating Weight: 85 lbs
  • Payload: Up to 30 lbs

PERFORMANCE

  • Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL)
  • Endurance: >24 hours
  • Max Range: 25 miles
  • Max Ceiling: 21,000’ MSL
  • Max Horizontal Speed:  88 knots
  • Cruise Speed: 46 knots
  • Engine:  28cc 2-stroke/C-10

PAYLOAD OPTIONS

  • Turret: Steerable, zoomable imaging turret.
  • Target tracking with a daylight or infrared camera.
  • Video imagery can be viewed in real-time, and/or in subsequent review on networked displays and Wi-Fi devices, even smartphones.

DATA OPTIONS

  • Real-Time Video
  • High-resolution photo and video
  • Infrared (IR) photo and video
  • Point/Line/Polygon (GIS products)​

CREW SIZE

  • 2 Remote Pilots

PORTABILITY/TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • 1 or 2 Contractor Service Vehicles

TYPICAL USES

  • Large Fire Support (Mapping/IR/Real-Time Situational Awareness)
  • Large Scale mapping projects (500 acres)
  • Large scale videography
  • Fireline situational awareness
  • Fireline spot fire detection

L3Harris HQ-90C

Type 1

Vendor:  Bridger Aerospace

Call When Needed (CWN)

Image of a L3Harris HQ-90C unmanned aircraft.

SIZE - WEIGHT - POWER

  • Length: 8.2’
  • Wingspan: 15.4'
  • Gross Weight: 117 lbs
  • Payload: Up to 22 lbs
  • Engine: 100cc 2-stroke

PERFORMANCE

  • Max Range: 810 nm
  • Max Datalink Range: 54 nm
  • Max Ceiling: 21,000’ Density Altitude
  • Max Horizontal Speed: 65 kts
  • Cruise Speed: 45 kts
  • Endurance: 18 hrs.

PAYLOAD OPTIONS

  • Sensor:  AV CM142/Nadir Mapper
  • Turret: Steerable, zoomable
  • Target tracking with a daylight or infrared camera.
  • Video imagery can be viewed in real-time, and/or in subsequent review on networked displays and Wi-Fi devices, even smartphones.

DATA OPTIONS

  • Real-Time Video
  • High-resolution photo and video
  • Infrared (IR) photo and video
  • Point/Line/Polygon/Orthomosaic (GIS products)​

CREW SIZE

  • 2 Remote Pilots

PORTABILITY/TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • 2 Vendor Service Vehicles

TYPICAL USES

  • Large Fire Support (Mapping/IR/Real-Time Situational Awareness)
  • Large Scale mapping projects
  • Large scale videography
  • Fireline situational awareness
  • Fireline hot spot/spot fire detection and geopdf distribution

Latitude FVR90

Type 1

Vendor:  Bridger Aerospace

Call When Needed (CWN)

Image of a Latitude FVR90 unmanned aircraft.

SIZE - WEIGHT - POWER

  • Length: 6.6’
  • Wingspan: 9.8'
  • Mean Operating Weight: 49 lbs
  • Payload: Up to 5.5 lbs

PERFORMANCE

  • Endurance: > 24 hrs.
  • Max Range: 10 miles
  • Max Ceiling: 21,000’ MSL
  • Max Horizontal Speed: 88 knots
  • Cruise Speed: 46 knots
  • Engine: 28cc 2-stroke / C-10

PAYLOAD OPTIONS

  • Sensor:  AV CM142/Nadir Mapper
  • Turret: Steerable, zoomable
  • Target tracking with a daylight or infrared camera.
  • Video imagery can be viewed in real-time, and/or in subsequent review on networked displays and Wi-Fi devices, even smartphones.

DATA OPTIONS

  • Real-Time Video
  • High-resolution photo and video
  • Infrared (IR) photo and video
  • Point/Line/Polygon (GIS products)​

CREW SIZE

  • 2 Remote Pilots

PORTABILITY/TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • 1 or 2 Vendor Service Vehicles

TYPICAL USES

  • Large Fire Support (Mapping/IR/Real-Time Situational Awareness)
  • Large Scale mapping projects (500 acres)
  • Large scale videography
  • Fireline situational awareness
  • Fireline spot fire detection

SCANEAGLE

Type 2

Vendor:  Boeing Insitu

Call When Needed (CWN)

Image of a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft.

SIZE - WEIGHT - POWER

  • Length: 5.3’
  • Wingspan: 10.2’
  • Operating Empty Weight: 35.3 lb / 16 kg
  • Payload Power: Up to 150 W

PERFORMANCE

  • Endurance: 24+ hours
  • Max Range: 100 miles
  • Max Ceiling: 19,500’ MSL
  • Max Horizontal Speed: 80 knots
  • Cruise Speed: 50-60 knots
  • Engine: Heavy fuel (JP-5 or JP 8)
  • or C-10 gasoline engine

PAYLOAD OPTIONS

  • Turret: EO, EO900 (EO camera and EO telescope), MWIR, Dual Imager (EO and MWIR)
  • Video Datalink: Analog, digital encrypted

DATA OPTIONS

  • Real-Time Video
  • High-resolution photo and video
  • Infrared (IR) photo and video
  • Point/Line/Polygon (GIS products)​
  • Orthomosaic

CREW SIZE

  • 2 Remote Pilots

PORTABILITY/TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • 2 Vendor Service Vehicles

TYPICAL USES

  • Large Fire Support (Mapping/IR/Real-Time Situational Awareness)
  • Large Scale mapping projects (500 acres)
  • Large scale videography
  • Fireline situational awareness
  • Fireline spot fire detection

SILENT FALCON

Type 2

Vendor:  BYE UAS

Call When Needed (CWN)

Image of a Silent Falcon unmanned aircraft.

SIZE - WEIGHT - POWER

  • Length: 6.2’
  • Wingspan: 14.4'
  • Mean Operating Weight: 32 lbs
  • Payload: Up to 5.5 lbs

PERFORMANCE

  • Endurance: 3 hours
  • Max Range: 25 miles
  • Max Ceiling: 20,000’ MSL
  • Max Horizontal Speed: 48 knots
  • Cruise Speed: 25 knots
  • Power System: Electric (Li-Po Battery) / Solar (Integrated Thin Film Photovoltaic)

PAYLOAD OPTIONS

  • Four (4) different ISR EO/IR sensors
  • Midwave Infrared (MWIR) camera
  • Hyperspectral/Multispectral Imager
  • FireWatch and CropWatch Payload
  • Spectrometer
  • Three (3) different mapping payloads

DATA OPTIONS

  • Real-Time Video
  • High-resolution photo and video
  • Infrared (IR) photo and video
  • Point/Line/Polygon (GIS products)​

CREW SIZE

  • 2 Remote Pilots

PORTABILITY/TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • 1 or 2 Vendor Service Vehicles

TYPICAL USES

  • Large Fire Support (Mapping/IR/Real-Time Situational Awareness)
  • Large Scale mapping projects (500 acres)
  • Large scale videography
  • Fireline situational awareness
  • Fireline spot fire detection

Please call the UAS Fire Coordinator @ 208-387-5335 for Additional Information.

Home Base/StatusSpecifications

ANAFI

Type 4

Vendor:  Parrot

Agency Owned and Operated

 

Image of a ANAFI unmanned aircraft.

SIZE - WEIGHT - POWER

  • Height: 2.5 in
  • Wingspan: 9.4 in
  • Mean Operating Weight: 12 ounces
  • Payload: 126 grams

PERFORMANCE

  • Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL)
  • Max Endurance: 25 minutes
  • Range:  Beyond Visual Line of Sight Capable (BVLOS):  2 Mile
  • Max Range: 2.5 miles
  • Max Ceiling: 14,000’ MSL
  • Max Speed: 34 mph
  • Motor: Electric (Li-Po Battery)
  • Battery: High-Density Li-Po (2700 mAh)

PAYLOAD OPTIONS

  • HDR: 4K UHD, 2.7K/1080p videos, JPEG

DATA OPTIONS

  • Real-Time Video
  • High-resolution photo and video

 

CREW SIZE

  • 1 or 2 Remote Pilots

PORTABILITY/TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • Backpack

TYPICAL USES

  • Small scale videography
  • Fireline situational awareness
 

FIREFLY 6 PRO

Type 3

Vendor:  Birdseye View Aerobotics

Agency Owned and Operated

 

Image of a FIREFLY 6 PRO unmanned aircraft.

SIZE - WEIGHT - POWER

  • Length: 5 FT
  • Wingspan: 4.5 FT
  • Mean Operating Weight: 8.4 - 9.9 lbs
  • Payload: Up to 1.5 lbs

PERFORMANCE

  • Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL)
  • Endurance: 1 hour
  • Range: Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Capable:  2 miles
  • Max Range:  5 miles
  • Wing-borne Ceiling: 14,000’ MSL
  • Cruise Speed: 35 knots
  • Motor: Electric (Li-Po Battery)

PAYLOAD OPTIONS

  • Sony and Ricoh Mapping Cameras
  • Flir Vue THermal
  • MicaSense RedEdge
  • GPS Data Logger

DATA OPTIONS

  • Real-Time Video
  • High-resolution photo and video
  • Thermal photo and video
  • Point/Line/Polygon (GIS products)
  • Orthomosaic
  • Stereo Imagery (photogrammetric products)

CREW SIZE

  • 2 Qualified Firefly Remote Pilots Required

PORTABILITY/TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • Large Cargo Boxes:  UTV or pickup truck required

TYPICAL USES

  • Large Scale mapping projects (500 acres)
  • Large Scale videography
  • Fireline situational awareness
  • Fireline spot fire detection

H520

Type 4

Vendor:  YUNEEC

Agency Owned and Operated

 

Image of an H520 unmanned aircraft.

SIZE - WEIGHT - POWER

  • Dimensions: 20.5" x 18" x 11.5"
  • Mean Operating Weight: 3.6 lbs

PERFORMANCE

  • Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL)
  • Endurance: 25 minutes
  • Range: Line of Sight Only (LOS): 1/2 mile
  • Max Ceiling: 1640’ AGL
  • Max Range: 1 mile
  • Motor:  Electric (Li-Po Battery)

PAYLOAD OPTIONS

  • Camera: HD 720p
  • GPS Data Logger

DATA OPTIONS

  • Real-Time Video
  • High-resolution photo and video
  • Thermal photo and video
  • Point/Line/Polygon (GIS products)​
  • Orthomosaic
  • Stereo Imagery (photogrammetric products)

CREW SIZE

  • 1 or 2 Remote Pilots

PORTABILITY/TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • Backpack

TYPICAL USES

  • Small Scale mapping projects (<50 acres)
  • Small scale videography
  • Fireline situational awareness

M600

Type 3

Vendor:  DJI

Agency Owned and Operated

 

Image of an M600 unmanned aircraft.

SIZE - WEIGHT - POWER

  • Dimensions: 65.5" x 60" x 28.5" with propellers, frame arms, and GPS mount unfolded (including landing gear); or 17" x 16" x 22" with propellers, frame arms, and GPS mount folded (excluding landing gear).
  • Mean Operating Weight: 22 lbs

PERFORMANCE

  • Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL)
  • Endurance: 35 hours
  • Range: Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Capable: 2 miles
  • Max Range: 5 miles
  • Max Ceiling: 14,500’ MSL
  • Cruise Speed: 40 knots
  • Motors:  Electric (Li-Po 6S Battery)

PAYLOAD OPTIONS

  • Cameras: Ronin MX, Zenmuse Z30, Zenmuse Z3, Zenmuse X3, Zenmuse X5 Series, Zenmuse XT/XT2, Ricoh GR2, Sony RX1R, Sony A7R, MicaSense RedEdge, Yellow Scan LIDAR
  • Gimbal: Zenmuse Z15 Series HD Gimbal Ignis PSD

DATA OPTIONS

  • Real-Time Video
  • High-resolution photo and video
  • Thermal (IR) photo and video
  • Point/Line/Polygon (GIS products)​
  • Orthomosaic

CREW SIZE

  • 1 or 2 Remote Pilots
  • 2 (UAS) Aerial Ignition qualified remote pilots required for PSD operations

PORTABILITY/TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • Large cargo boxes / Needs UTV or Pickup Truck

TYPICAL USES

  • Aerial Ignition
  • Large Scale mapping projects (500 acres)
  • Large scale videography
  • Fireline situational awareness
  • Fireline spot fire detection

MAVIC Pro

Type 4

Vendor:  DJI

Agency Owned and Operated

 

Image of a MAVIC Pro unmanned aircraft.

SIZE - WEIGHT - POWER

  • Height: 4 inches
  • Wingspan Diagonal: 13 inches
  • Mean Operating Weight: 1.62 lbs

PERFORMANCE

  • Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL)
  • Endurance: 27 minutes
  • Range:  Beyond Visual Line of Sight Capable (BVLOS):  2 Miles
  • Max Ceiling: 16,404’ MSL
  • Max Speed: 40 mph
  • Max Range: 8 miles
  • Motor: Electric (Li-Po Battery)

PAYLOAD OPTIONS

  • Camera: 4K & 12.5 MP
  • GPS Data Logger

DATA OPTIONS

  • Real-Time Video
  • High-resolution photo and video

CREW SIZE

  • 1 or 2 Remote Pilots

PORTABILITY/TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • Backpack

TYPICAL USES

  • Small scale videography
  • Fireline situational awareness

UAS aerial ignition is approved for interagency use in support of wildland fire (wildfire and prescribed fire).

  • UAS aerial Ignition is conducted by authorized agency personnel in accordance with DOI, USFS, OAS, and NWCG policy/standards.
  • UAS agency aerial ignition personnel possess the UASP or UASP (T) qualification in IQCS/IROC.  They are also carded to operate the aerial ignition payload by OAS.
  • UAS aerial ignition personnel work for the FIRB or designee.
  • UAS utilized for aerial ignition are carded by OAS.
  • UAS aerial ignition payloads are developed through the IFUAS Subcommittee and Aerial Ignition Unit.
  • UAS aerial ignition is ordered through established dispatch process.  A typical order is two UASP.  Special Needs:  Aerial Ignition qualified personnel equipped with M600/Ignis 2 and kit.

CONTACT -  the UAS Coordinator (fire) to discuss UAS Aerial Ignition or the ordering process.  208-387-5335.

References

Job Aids

The UAS Training Unit exists to serve the training and workforce development needs of the wildland fire UAS community.

References

The Interagency UAS coordinator is available to answer questions, provide guidance, and assist with UAS ordering.  For inquiries about day-to-day operations and training, please call 208-387-5335.

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  • Waiver - not yet available

 

 

Chair: 
Justin Jager
NWCG Coordinator: 
Tim Blake
Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2020-08-06