U.S. Coast Guard UAV Could Help Protect Interior Homes, Property
July 23, 2004
"It is essential that we utilize all available resources to fight these fires," said the Governor, in requesting the Coast Guard task its NASA Altir UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) to the wildfire. "These fires are threatening structures and harming businesses and I will do everything in my power to address the situation."
In his letter to Capt. Thomas
C. King of the Coast Guard's Office of Aviation Forces in Washington
D.C., the Governor noted that deployment of the UAV would provide
immediate information and that the additional
"I understand that you have plans to move the UAV and its support structure out of Alaska in the near future. I request that this action be immediately postponed until we have the opportunity to utilize the technology over a disastrous wildland fire that is currently threatening numerous residences and businesses in the Fairbanks vicinity.
The Governor requested that the UAV be stationed over the Boundary Fire for a minimum of two day's operational period. A Coast Guard UAV was deployed to the Interior fires twice so far in this year's fire season.
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