Wildland fire is a highly complex aviation environment, where reliability and safety are paramount. As the number of fires grows and fire seasons extend, the demand for resources and cost-effective firefighting solutions is more pressing than ever.
Rotor has collaborated with the firefighting community over the past several years to develop the R550X. This aircraft fills a gap above small UAS currently in use, bringing the full payload capability of a Type 3 rotorcraft with no increase in pilot risk.
With Cloudpilot, which is available round the clock, the R550X can communicate with other air traffic like a traditional crewed helicopter, allowing for seamless integration into FTA / TFR environments.
Multiple cameras, LIDAR, and thermal imaging allow high situational awareness at night and in degraded visual environments (DVE), including thermal inversions and prolonged periods of smoke.
The R550X can be used year-round in a variety of profiles, helping maintain overall operating budgets when not fighting active wildfires. And because it’s based on a type-certified helicopter, reliability and availability are superior to any drone alternative.
Connected aircraft can feed data back to the ground and allow incident command and ground fire crews to access cloud-based information on laptops and phones in real-time for improved situational awareness.
In 2021, Rotor joined an MIT industry collaboration to research technology needs in helicopter aerial work. We spent over 150 hours interviewing hundreds of helicopter fleet operators, helicopter pilots, and customers of helicopter services around the world. Our goal was to learn what the industry needed from engineers and companies developing new technology, and we published our findings in a public report.
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