Project Code: 18098
Project Title: Firefighting Unmanned Aircraft
Project Type: Industry
Project Intellectual Property: Company Controlled
Project Citizenship Restriction: No
Sponsor Company: The New Nose Company Inc.
Description: Airplanes have been used to create firebreaks to combat forest fires for many years, but many are older designs unsuitable for most airfields. Team 18098’s unmanned aircraft design is a blended-wing body with two forward-mounted turbofan engines. With a 73-foot wingspan, the unmanned aircraft can fly into the majority of registered airfields. The design features a gravity-fed dispersal system with a nozzle that reduces the chaotic spread of fire retardant.