UASUSA’s closes drone deal with NASA to help create safer and healthier ecosystem
Press Release- For Immediate Release Contact: Colorado, August 2015
NASA has chosen UASUSA’s TEMPEST drone to monitor subterranean wildfires and track swamp algae blooms in the Great Dismal Swamp Ecosystem, Suffolk, VA.
NASA PROJECT:Groundbreaking use of drones with sophisticated sensor equipment will help save ecosystems. 112,000 acres make up the Great Dismal Swamp Ecosystem. A vast land filled with wildlife species, forests and plant life, this area has been highly vulnerable to lighting induced wildfires, presenting ongoing challenges and dangers. NASA has chosen UASUSA’s Tempest drone to monitor and track data in this area, to help come up with solutions for this area. UASUSA Tempest: UASUSA’s drone, The Tempest, is unique in that it can carry the most advanced technology to monitor and track the data NASA requires, and stay in the air for long durations. From tracking algae blooms to monitoring wildfires, the Tempest will be used by NASA to examine, survey and give information to help create solutions. The Tempest will not only offer solid data to recognize problems, track patterns and plan solutions, it will also allow NASA to assess the benefit these drones have to future planning.
UASUSA manufactures, pilots and programs electric, fully autonomous small aircraft that come from sailplane technology. Our company develops and creates complete systems (airframes, cameras, data collection devices and flight training) helping resolve some of the world’s biggest environmental, social and scientific challenges. UASUSA’s aircraft have helped drop vaccines in Africa, search for rhino poachers, study the inner workings of tornados, fly at the edge of space and monitor flood damage. Our fixed wing, electric aircraft are quite different than the multi-rotor variation more commonly seen. Our airframes are much more stable, travel a greater distance, can handle extreme weather with more reliability and efficiency, carry larger payloads and offer a much more advanced, sophisticated and elegant design. Our leading airframe, the Tempest, is cutting edge. It has successfully accomplished many autonomous missions, including tasks such as an edge-of-space mission through the Naval Research Lab, monitoring rhino poaching in Africa and tornado tracking and monitoring for the University of Colorado. The airframe has broken records and expectations of flight time, payload needs and withstanding extreme weather. Currently, the need for a COA (certificate of authorization) is necessary to fly a drone for commercial use. To-date, the Tempest has been issued more Certificates of Authorization than any other small drone in the world. It has an impeccable reputation of success, reliability and ease of use. Our pilots and technicians are world-class. With changing FAA regulations, “The ability to pilot a small drone by line of sight is becoming an essential part of successful drone flight and safety”, says Skip Miller, Founder and CEO of UASUSA.