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Ikhana: Unmanned Aircraft System Western States Fire Missions. Monographs in Aerospace History, Number 44
Author and Affiliation:
Merlin, Peter W.(NASA, Washington, DC, United States)
Abstract: In 2006, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., obtained a civil version of the General Atomics MQ-9 unmanned aircraft system and modified it for research purposes. Proposed missions included support of Earth science research, development of advanced aeronautical technology, and improving the utility of unmanned aerial systems in general. The project team named the aircraft Ikhana a Native American Choctaw word meaning intelligent, conscious, or aware in order to best represent NASA research goals. Building on experience with these and other unmanned aircraft, NASA scientists developed plans to use the Ikhana for a series of missions to map wildfires in the western United States and supply the resulting data to firefighters in near-real time. A team at NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, Calif., developed a multispectral scanner that was key to the success of what became known as the Western States Fire Missions. Carried out by team members from NASA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, National Interagency Fire Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., these flights represented an historic achievement in the field of unmanned aircraft technology.
Publication Date: Aug 01, 2009
Document ID:
20110011569
(Acquired May 20, 2011)
Subject Category: AIRCRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
Report/Patent Number: PB2010-115148, NASA SP-2009-4544
Document Type: Technical Report
Financial Sponsor: NASA; Washington, DC, United States
Organization Source: NASA; Washington, DC, United States
Description: 123p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: DOCUMENTS; FIRES; INFRARED IMAGERY; MULTISPECTRAL BAND SCANNERS; PILOTLESS AIRCRAFT; THERMAL MAPPING; DECISION MAKING; UNITED STATES
Other Descriptors: THERMAL MAPPING; WILDFIRES; INFRARED IMAGERY; MULTISPECTRAL SCANNERS; UNMANNED AIRCRAFT; FIRES; FIREFIGHTERS; DECISION MAKING; MAPPING; WESTERN REGION (UNITED STATES); WESTERN STATES FIRE MISSIONS; PILOTLESS AIRCRAFT; IKHANA
Availability Source: National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
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