Unmanned Aircraft Systems working group examines capabilities, future opportunities
A pad fire between two NASA space shuttle launch pads at Kennedy Space Center in May 2011 was sparked by a lightning strike in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Prescribed burns occur regularly at the MINWR to reduce hazardous fuel loads, reduce encroachment of woody vegetation and to replenish nutrients to the soil. Potential UAS flights would assist with not only wildlife and environmental data collection, but also prescribed burn support.

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