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SUPA' HOT (Measuring Wildfire Embers using UAV Technology )

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Project ended on December 31, at 11:59 PM EST
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Our Mission

Team SUPA’ HOT is a Junior undergraduate research team and part of the Gemstone Honors Program at the University of Maryland. 

Taking inspiration from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s “emberometer” invention, Team SUPA’ HOT aspires to develop a mobile version of this technology. The goal is to design and build an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that utilizes binocular stereo vision to collect real-time data about embers emitted during a wildfire. Not only do we believe UAVs have the capability to significantly aid firefighters in preventing the loss of life and property, but we hope our technology can aid future researchers in developing a concrete understanding of the key role embers play in wildfire spread. 

Being in our third year, we are currently designing and prototyping our data collection cameras alongside our faculty mentor, Dr. Fernando Raffan-Montoya, a professor in the Fire Protection Engineering department at UMD. 

Through this fundraising campaign, we are hoping to raise the money needed to continue purchasing equipment for our ambitious project. This money will aid in covering test site fees, buying more powerful cameras, computing equipment, and more! 

Your gift will help us make tremendous strides forward in our research! Every single gift is greatly appreciated. Your support aids our contribution to the fight against the ever-growing threat wildfires present to the world! 

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General Electronic Supplies

Every dollar counts! Help us purchase crucial miscellaneous components of our UAV and stereovision camera setup like wiring, communication modules, and motors!


Ember Measuring Materials

Help us buy specialized wood and a heat gun to create embers to test our UAV prototype's effectiveness!


Testing Site Fees

Help us reserve an hour-long slot at a licensed UAV testing area or fire dynamics laboratory to evaluate our equipment!


UAV Batteries

Help us buy large lithium-ion batteries that will be used to power our UAV during flight!


Digital and Thermal Cameras

Help us purchase digital and thermal cameras to be used on our stereovision data collection apparatus.

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