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During the past Thursday, 23rd of May, the LSTS hosted the second FIRE-RS field demonstration. This demonstration was aimed at validating the UAV segment of the FIRE-RS fire monitoring tool as well as the interaction between the UAV systems, the LSTS's Neptus command & control software and the fire mapping & propagation algorithms from LAAS. The demonstration was attended by a series of possible stakeholders from different institutions: Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente; Bombeiros Sapadores CM V.N. Gaia; Bombeiros Voluntários Leixões; Curso de Engenharia de Protecção Civil; Comando Distrital de Operações de Socorros do Porto and CCDR-N. This live demo was the culmination of a series of field tests carried out during the entire week at the LIPA airstrip.

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On the 14th of May the EUMR partners convened in a general assembly to track the overall progress of all workpackages and discuss possible upcoming updates to TNA efforts. This general assembly was held within the context of EUMR's strong participation in the EMRA19 workshop, as a core organizing member.

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Investigadores da Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP) testaram hoje a funcionalidade de uma ferramenta "inovadora" que visa "facilitar a tomada de decisão e o planeamento" das equipas de profissionais que combatem os incêndios.

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É uma das catástrofes ambientais do nosso século e todos os anos dizimam milhares de hectares de floresta: só em 2017, em Portugal, dados oficiais apontam para 540 hectares de área ardida na sequência dos incêndios florestais.

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Na semana passada o LSTS participou nas Jornadas Nacionais Escola Azul onde apresentamos o Workshop “Frentes oceânicas: o que são e como as procuramos?”.

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Last Friday, the LSTS received the visit of the Governor of Nova Scotia, Stephen McNeil, accompanied by his delegation and the Canadian Ambassador to Portugal, Lisa Rice Madan.

Exploring Fronts with Multiple Robots”, the expedition that took us to the Pacific Ocean, is referred in the latest supplement of “Oceanography” magazine issued this month.

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Demonstration 1 of the Fire-RS Project took place on the 23th of April (at the University of Vigo) and on the 24th of April (at Seganosa). We joined in with our UAVs to test the satellite link communications - no flights were intended, just the UAV with the HumSAT terminal installed to communicate with the satellite.

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LSTS is a partner of the SUDOE FIRE-RS (acronym for wildFIRE Remote Sensing) project, which aims to explore the new technologies to aid the emergency agencies on the detection and management of wildfires.
We are now entering the final stage of the project and preparing the final demonstrations. Next week the first demonstration of the project will take place at Vigo.

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We at the LSTS always strive for innovation and breaking the molds of conventional maritime operations. With that philosophy as our guideline, we set to find ways to improve our presence in the world of heterogeneous teams of autonomous vehicles.

The TITAN dual-quadcopter is the newest member on the LSTS aerial fleet.

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