This technology pertains to the use of unmanned vehicles to automate a mesh of aircraft, robots, and other types of electronic / mechanical equipment that is controlled by systematic software and central control systems to contain, put out, and prevent fires – such as forest fires, industrial fires, chemical fires, and other types of fires that are difficult to contain through normal fire truck and fire fighting technologies. The unmanned vehicles are able to get closer to the source of the fire to starve the heat, manipulate the fuel source into an incombustible material and/or fire resistant material, and cover the fire with CO2 and other types of chemical based fire fighting solutions. The use of a central control system allows a large number of operations to run simultaneously, all controlled from one central system, allowing the streamlining of operations and on-going refills of water, CO2, and other fire fighting materials while other unmanned vehicles cover the absence of re-filling vehicles.
- Patrick R. McElhiney
- United Nations (UN)