Drone Amplified, based in Lincoln, Nebraska has been awarded more than $1M in federal and state grants to fight wildfires with drones.
Drone Amplified awarded more than $1M in grants
According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Drone Amplified has been awarded a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant for $983,676 and a Nebraska Department of Economic Development matching grant for $100,000
According to the drone company, the funding will be used to conduct research and development on improving safety, reducing the costs, and increasing the effectiveness of firefighters battling wildfires.
“We have seen the horrible impact that wildfires have had this year throughout the country,” company CEO and cofounder Carrick Detweiler said in a written release. The grants “will help us transform firefighting technology to enable faster containment of wildfires and a significant reduction of risk.”
Drone Amplified uses the so-called IGNIS system to drop ping-pong-ball-sized spheres to start backfires or controlled burns. Photo: Matt Olberding / Lincoln Journal Star.
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