Watch This Drone Drop FireballsTechnology is making prescribed fires safer.
Drones have found all sorts of helpful uses from video capturing to racing, but a new drone developed by a team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln can drop fireballs from an unmanned aerial vehicle.
The fireballs don’t have a sinister use though, they’re used to start controlled fires and on Friday the team successfully ignited 26 acres of restored tall-grass prairie at the Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska.
Small balls containing an ignition liquid a dropped form a chute in the drone and a chemical reaction starts on the ground igniting a flame after a minute or two. During the test a line of flame began to emerge from the field after several minutes and the drone was able to fly closer to the flames to collect data about its burn.