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Photos: Altair for mapping fires

NASA and the U.S. Forest Service are launching a joint mission to test a new wildfire mapping and imagery system.
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Altair

The unmanned Altair aircraft built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems will be used in the NASA and U.S. Forest Service's joint mission to test a new wildfire mapping and imagery system. The plane is equipped with NASA's image-sensing system, the AMS (Autonomous Modular System)-Wildfire.

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2005 mission

As with the NASA/NOAA mission in the spring of 2005 (pictured), a General Atomics pilot will operate the Altair aircraft's flight and navigation remotely via satellite.

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