Bridger Aerospace has integrated technologies from Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) and Latitude to introduce an advanced aerial firefighting surveillance system.
To tackle the most extreme fires, the Gen V system will be used by Bridger’s highly skilled and trained team of operators to better support wildfire management and relief missions.
The fully integrated system combines AVT’s lightweight CM142 imaging payload, AVT’s Fire Mapper, and Latitude’s FVR-90 VTOL unmanned aerial system.
The CM142 optic delivers real-time aerial data, transferring high definition daylight and crisp long-wave infrared imagery directly to the remote ground station. The footage highlights hotspots, areas affected and areas at risk of damage.
The Fire Mapper includes short-wave infrared, long-wave infrared and a 13-megapixel daylight sensor.
CEO at Bridger Aerospace, Tim Sheehy, commented: “We have developed a world leading aerial firefighting surveillance tool that will transform aerial data collection for fire management and relief missions in the United States. The system includes Latitude’s FVR-90 VTOL, which is fitted with AVT’s high-performance CM142 sensor and Fire Mapper to support the US government in managing the country’s major wildfires.”
Adding: “This system will have a huge impact on wildfire management by providing all the essential tools needed to help save lives. This revolutionary firefighting surveillance solution will be controlled by Bridger’s highly-trained team of UAS operators to provide a world-leading service to combat wildfires.”