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Drone company recognized for firefighting innovations

from Lincoln Journal-Star

Drone Amplified's IGNIS product was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Interior as one of 12 "Made in America" innovations. Drone Amplified, which was started about two years ago by two engineering professors at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, offers the IGNIS product that attaches to drones. It carries a payload of ping pong ball-sized chemical spheres that are preloaded with a substance called potassium permanganate. The spheres are injected with glycol before being released, and they then ignite on contact with the ground. CEO Carrick Detweiler said that delivery method is important for a couple of reasons. "This is far safer and less expensive than sending in humans on four-wheelers or trying to navigate with helicopters, said Detweiler, who noted that about one-fourth of all firefighting deaths are aviation-related. more

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