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A drone for firefighters

A drone that can enter a burning building to locate people and identify the cause of the blaze has been developed at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Powered by four small engines, it can not only fly but also scale walls like a spider. The unmanned aerial vehicle is about 50 centimeters in diameter and withstands fire-induced temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees Celsius. The robot body is covered with layers of aramid, and an internal cooling system helps protect its electronic components from heat. A thermal imaging camera recognizes people and objects inside the building and transmits this information in real time to firefighters on the scene. Called FAROS – Fireproof Aerial RObot System – the drone has sensors that allow it to fly autonomously inside buildings.