In early January, DroneFire staff worked with Dr. Seielstad's Prescribed Fire Practicum class to image burns from the air via UAS. Here, grad student Philip Williams captured the fire line as flames progressed through the unit. Meanwhile, UASs hummed overhead and gathered true-color and infrared imagery. Photo by Philip Williams.
PhD student Chris Moran watches impressive flame lengths as a patch of oil-filled palmettos blaze along the line of a prescribed fire during end-of-day burning in southeast Georgia. Photo by Philip Williams.
We have initiated discussions and negotiations with Lubrecht Forest to construct a physical facility at the Jones Pond Flight Area including shelter, power, internet, airstrip, landing pad, windsock, weather station, and fencing. We have also identified priorities and obstacles in this major step forward. Photo by Philip Williams.
The Delta-Wing drone just before a radiosonde and thermal imaging test at Sands Unmanned Systems, LLC, in Kalispell, MT. Photo by Philip Williams.
Autonomous Aerial Systems Office staff explain how to fly small Cheerson drones at the Three Forks Fly-In sponsored by the Montana Antique Aircraft Association. Photo by Philip Williams.
DroneFire scientists solve a radiosonde receiver issue at Sands LLC in Kalispell, MT. Photo by Philip Williams.
A group of students and faculty wait for the Phantom 4 drone to take flight at Lubrecht Experimental Forest. Photo by Tim Wallace.
Photogrammetric point cloud of the Payne Native American Center on the UM Campus derived from drone imagery. The image is a 3-dimensional model from which precise measurements of length, height, volume, and shape can be derived. Remotely-sensed image by Philip Williams.
A sparse point cloud (3D model) generated from a drone-collected image of UM's Payne Family Native American Center. Remotely-sensed image by Philip Williams.
The DroneFire Team visited Sinclair College's state-of-the-art National UAS Training and Certification Center in Ohio to share ideas about training and teaching students. Workstations, such as those pictured above, simulate the physical and mechanical aspects of real-world drone flight. Photo by Jen Fowler.
The Inspire 1 Pro drone takes a rest near our vehicle in the Ninemile Valley. Photo by Philip Williams.
The Inspire 1 Pro drone gives us a stunning Ninemile Valley stretching into a blue-sky horizon on a July afternoon. Photo by Philip Williams.
Students explore the complexities of the Inspire 1 Pro drone at Lubrecht Experimental Forest. Photo by LLoyd Queen.
The Matrice 100 drone graces a Big Sky and a Lolo Peak backdrop. Photo by Jim Riddering.
The University of Montana Emblem gets decorated with a drone shadow. Photo by Kevin McManigal.
The Phantom 3 Pro takes a rest in a local barn. Photo by Jim Riddering.
A grad student's FireCenter hat decorates a drone before a day of flying. Photo by Philip Williams.
Because of FAA regulations, we needed to tie the Phantom 3 Pro drone, rotors removed, to a weather balloon in order to "fly" the drone on UM's Oval. Photo by Philip Williams.
A drone safety net, set up for a day of public flights, stretches toward Main Hall on UM's Oval. Photo by Philip Williams.
The Phantom 3 Pro, attached to a weather balloon because of FAA regulations and safety concerns, makes a graceful descent. Photo by Philip Williams.
Jen Fowler, AASO Director, gives an interview to a local news agency as a weather-balloon-bound drone looks on. Photo by Philip Williams.
Computer monitors and engineering equipment shine beneath fluorescent lights at Skyyfish Industrial UAVs in Missoula, MT. Photo by Orest Pilskalns.
Skyyfish engineers spend long hours at this workstation in their Missoula, MT industrial UAV plant. Photo by Orest Pilskalns.
A small drone ready for liftoff during a public drone exhibition event on UM's Oval. Photo by Todd Goodrich.
Big Sky UAV demonstrates how to fly some larger drones. Photo by Jaylene Naylor.
We're getting prepared for our very first drone flight in UM's Schreiber Gym. Current (Feb 2016) regulations state that we must fly indoors only until we procure a Certificate of Authorization. Photo by Philip Williams.