February 4, 2015

Autonomous Drone Flies in Dark, Tight Quarters To Assist Firefighting Inside Naval Vessels

Carnegie Mellon and Sensible Machines Demonstrate Micro-flyer for ONR

In a demonstration aboard a former U.S. Navy ship, a small quadrotor developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute and spin-off company Sensible Machines flew autonomously through dark, smoke-filled compartments to map fires and locate victims.

Last fall's demonstration, part of an Office of Naval Research (ONR) project called Damage Control Technologies for the 21st Century (DC-21), showed that a small drone can operate in the confined spaces inside a ship to rapidly gather situational information to guide firefighting and rescue efforts.