Drone used to respond to California fire
Impossible Aerospace announced that its US-1 unmanned aircraft was used on Friday, June 28, at a four-alarm construction site fire burning only minutes away from the company's Santa Clara headquarters. Equipped with thermal and optical sensors, the aircraft hovered on station for one hour and six minutes before the fire was extinguished.
According to Impossible Aerospace, the US-1 delivered high-definition thermal video to ground crews, allowing them to identify hot spots to share with first responders. The aircraft was operated by Impossible Aerospace pilots as part of the company's Rapid Response program offered to neighboring agencies.
The US-1 reportedly delivers between 78 and 90 minutes of flight time when carrying payloads used by first responders. The company said that its flight time has exceeded two hours in other configurations. The drone has a size of 26 x 26 in (66 x 66 cm), weighs 15.7 lb (7 kg), and can carry a payload of 2.9 lb (1.3 kg).
"We designed the US-1 to deliver the performance of a helicopter at less than one percent of the price," said Spencer Gore, CEO of Impossible Aerospace. "It's made for the 99.8% of municipalities that lack air assets. Some call it a drone, but it's no toy. The US-1 is a performance aircraft made to respond to real emergencies, and it's built by an American company."
The US-1 outlasted three other news helicopters that also arrived on scene, according to the company. It is available for delivery online at www.impossible.aero.