Fire Eating Dragon Wildfire Ember Capture Simulation

The Invention

The Fire Eating Dragon Drone Carries Fire Netting to Capture Wildfire embers is a “simple” innovation deployable with off-the-shelf technology. The Fire Eating Dragon grows in effectiveness with the derived innovation of Swarm Drone Technology, Thermal Imaging and Artificial Intelligence to target control the Fire Eating Dragon. Our Phase I effort is to reach real-world testing capabilities.

The origin of the Fire Eating Dragon was driven by the destruction of the Malibu, California wildfire that destroyed over 500 estates, including some of my ABC Solar clients. For 20 years ABC Solar has been really strong with solar direct water pumping, therefore I switched my R&D to off-grid fire stations, The Solar Fire Drum.

The research into wildfires shows a huge missing gap in firefighting above 60 feet. In particular, wildfire embers are now traveling 4 miles and are not addressed by current fire fighting technology. My innovation happened on a solar job site where a very large storyboard of the home had netting on its storyboard outlining the structure. The netting let high winds of Malibu pass through. This was the third epiphany in the origin of the Fire Eating Dragon.

The Potential

The Fire Eating Dragon is a high-impact innovation that is an unproven combination of available technology. This meets the mandate in that our innovation development will lead to other uses and applications, in particular machine learning in-situ with real-world wind-fire data achievement is translatable. Translatable to other applications.

Problem: Wildfire Embers Flying Far

Solution: Drone Carried Fire Netting to Catch Embers

  • Fire Retardant Netting with weave can capture embers and allow wind flow-thru.
  • Drones can independently carry Fire Netting.
  • Swarm Drones can carry large fire netting to increase effectiveness.

    Contact: Bradley Bartz
    Bartz@ABCsolar.com
    1-310-373-3169

    We are ready to license as well as build our FRED, The Fire Eating Dragon. Together or separate, our focus is catching wildfire embers. Contact us today to particpate, invest, suggest or shoot down the idea (put holes in my net...). All comments are welcome.

  • FRED has three primary R&D works to combine.

    1. Drone technology for heavy lift and stability in 70mph wildfire wind conditions.

    2. Paranetting material and weave dimensions testing in wind-tunnels and in-situ.

    3. Artificial Intelligence to target Tree Bombs that will generate wildfire embers storms. The AI will focus on translating thermal data, real-time wind data feeds for anticipation, real-time flight control. Swarming the drones to allow one flight operator (pilot) to fly many FREDs is seen.

    We know this is technically feasible. Please see https://firenetting.com/brad for a youtube video showing FRED in action and animation.

    Each R&D effort has talented team members that know the space and how to direct and find resources to achieve our goals. Our FRED Product will work with any drone capable of its lift requirements and hi-wind stability needs. Although we will work on custom drone models for our R&D we see deployment possible beyond our first drone efforts. The target of 20-minute flight time in a high-wind wildfire environment is our goal. The continual substitution and rotation of FRED is planned.

    Paranetting design and material choices is key to our success and will use off-the-shelf and available technologies to be able to handle the high temperatures that a stream of wildfire embers generate. Kevlar thread seems a logical first choice, but many material options and configurations exist.

    This R&D will lead to straightforward engineering to deploy and improve this product. The Epiphany Bubble must be explored to coalesce technologies of the envisioned FRED. But, to be clear, this is not an easy project. It is not simply making the wheel bigger to fit a larger vehicle.

    Can a net capture embers? Yes.

    Can a net fly? Yes

    So, Brad, just build it. You don’t need science. Ok, now that you are back with me as the NSF reader. I need you to close your eyes after you visualize a hurricane on fire and our Fire Eating Dragon entering that maelstrom to specifically target an Ember Tree Bomb. Then imagine a Swarm of drones that are designed to be rotational.

    Rotational? Yes, the next FRED drone must replace a “filled with burning embers” partner drone in-situ to continue to capture embers. The filled FRED will secure its bundle of embers and quash.

    Pattern Swarm FRED to expand netting reach when forests explode into ember storms.

    FRED needs this: AI, Thermal Imagery, Drone Power for high winds, material science to handle plasma like heat from hi-wind ember streams, remote piloting, incoming and outgoing sensor data streams like NASA fire satellite data, real-time wind maps and FRED in-situ sensor data.

    The University of Oregon at Corvallis has invited FRED to test when they burn trees for wildfire ember research in May and October timeframes. The science of compression of the ember storm into “heated plasma streams” as forced by high-winds is fed by this type of real-world testing. Your funding will get to work immediately.

    FRED can save the world.

    Every year wildfires do enormous damage throughout the world. Some wildfires in recent years have killed dozens of people, burned hundreds and even thousands of homes and other structures, and inflicted billions of dollars in damage. Wildfires such as the 2017 Paradise fire in Northern California and the 2018 Woolsey fire in Southern California are regularly driven by strong dry winds. Wildfires driven by winds of 40 mph or stronger they are nearly impossible to stop, in part because burning embers particularly from trees can fly hundreds of yards, and sometimes even miles, allowing the fire to quickly hopscotch from one location to multiple new location creating new ignition points far away. Palm trees in particular have been identified as constituting "fire bombs" that shed burning large burning palm fronds from high in the air that often float for long distances before they finally land. Many climate experts predict that the losses of life and property due to wildfires will increase as average temperatures increase due to climate change. Accordingly there exists a need for improved methods of suppressing wildfires.

    The present invention is of fire containment system that employs an airborne fire netting to capture flying embers, particularly from trees that constitute "fire bombs," as those embers begin flying, to prevent those embers from either travelling far or from hitting fresh fuel-containing ground before they land. By capturing and containing flying embers as those embers are launched, the invention is expected to significantly slow the spread of wildfire, thus aiding other firefighting efforts and buying valuable time for people in the path of the fire to evacuate and/or otherwise prepare for the fire. The netting may be carried and held aloft by one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) commonly referred to as drones.

    Drones typically use battery power, and accordingly their ability to remain powered in flight is unaffected by smoke and fire which could choke a UAV or manned aircraft powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE). Battery-powered drones are now available that have lift capacities of nearly 2,000 lbs. Suppliers of battery operated, high lift capacity drones include Griff Aviation of Norway, www.griffaviation.com. The present invention leverages the ability of battery operated high lift capacity drones to rapidly carry fire nettings and deploy and hold them over hard to access, rugged terrain in wildfire environments.

    Additionally, drones typically include video cameras to allow them to be remotely operated, as well as automatic "return to base" capability if communication with the base station controller gets interrupted. Preferably the drones of the present intention are also equipped with thermal sensing and imaging and the ability through artificial intelligence (AI), pattern recognition, or other programming to autonomously identify and target ember sources such as burning trees. Further, drones can be programmed to operate as a group, and/or to avoid each other while independently carrying out similar tasks. Drones operating in a group are sometimes referred to as swarm drones.

    The fire netting is preferably of a strong, lightweight, fire resistant material such as Kevlar® or similar material. The mesh of the net is tight enough to contain dangerous flying embers, yet loose enough to allow wind to flow through sufficiently so that the fire netting can be carried and held in a strong wind by a drone. The material may be multi-layered interspersed netting in order to maximize its ability to catch and stop embers yet allow wind to flow through with a minimum of wind resistance.

    In one embodiment the fire netting when deployed has the shape of a round parachute. It may be tethered to a single UAV by a single cord made of fire resistant material.

    In another embodiment the fire netting has a generally square or rectangular shape, and is carried by two drones, one at each top corner. The bottom corners may be weighted for ballast, and/or carried by two additional drones. The four drones operating together carry the netting to a target location and cooperate together to hold the netting at an optimum shape and location to catch embers from the target ember source. The netting may be initially rolled into a roll, and then when the drones reach their target they unfurl the netting.

    In another embodiment suitable for stationary operation the netting is held aloft by one or more lifting kites. Many different kite designs have been used as lifting kites. One type known as a "French Military Kite" or "Rescue Kite" is a triangular winged box kite similar to a classic box kite but having only three sides to the box instead of four, and having has dihedral wings added to one surface which increases its side to side stability. this type of kite and is favored by some due to its ability to lift payloads such as antennas in a wide variety of conditions.

    The kites may be accurately positioned in the sky via one or more drones that are attached directly to, or otherwise tethered to, the kites. In this embodiment because the weight of the netting is borne by the kite(s) instead of the drones, the flying time of the drones is greatly increased.

    The drones may carry a small supply of water or other fire suppressant material such as PhosCheck®, and may direct a spray of that material from the drones to embers that have been caught in the netting.

    In another embodiment suitable for stationary operation the drones are tethered to the ground. When tethered, drones can be supplied with electrical power from the ground allowing them to stay aloft as long as needed. Tethered drones can also be supplied with water or other fire suppressant material such as PhosChek® from the ground via a tube or hose, and can direct a spray of that material onto the embers that have been caught by the netting. Alternatively, the drones may carry an onboard supply of wire or other fire suppressant liquid or material, and can spray the fire suppressant onto burning embers within the net.

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    Business Model

    Billions in damage might be prevented with full deployment of our Fire Eating Dragon system. The customer is governments and private citizens that will lease our operations during emergency events.

    CalFire R&D stated, “The reality is that fire line is sometimes miles long or wide coupled with wind and other factors it would be nearly impossible to catch every ember.”

    The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection stated: “CAL FIRE does not have funding to sponsor/fund private parties in the research and development of fire protection technologies.”

    Not very encouraging
    for average innovators.

    To me, these are fighting words.

    First in the exasperation of “nearly impossible” to catch every ember. I look at this differently, every ember captured potentially stops the exponential growth of wildfires.

    Second, the fact my state does not have funding for fire prevention technologies from private parties is the height of stupidity. Third, it is most likely that this statement is not true, e.g. state does indeed have funds for R&D. This Silocrat just fails to disclose it.

    With CalFire hiding that makes the market opportunity exceptionally large. I believe that leap-frog technologies replace the status quo. My career is leading the adoption of and the development of new technologies.

    In near term, we see revenue being generated from two primary resources. One is our Xbox Fire Eating Dragon drone flight simulation with augmented fire / wind reality and its companion of remote pilot and operation of Fire Eating Dragon Drones for rich patron clients.

    Technology

    A. Drones can be made to carry 2000lbs
    B. Thermal Cameras and Artificial Intelligence will help identify "Tree Bombs" and target the Fire Netting down wind
    C. Fire Retardant Netting is readily available
    D. Swarming Drone Technology
    E. Tethered Power and Water solutions
    F. Military Lift Kites for Fixed Deployments
    G. Real Time Wind Maps

    Hypothesis: Drone Carried Fire Netting can operate in smoky, high wind conditions. (Electric motors don't need oxygen). With real time wind data and fire reporting our Drone Army will carry fire netting down wind and march towards source. Up and until heat of the fire demands retreat. Our key epiphany is fire netting can capture embers and that will help slow progress of wildfires.

    Swarm Drone system carries fire-proof netting to catch wildfire embers in high wind conditions. Drones communicate with each other to keep the Fire Netting taught and keep the drone at the target area in high wind conditions. Drones may also carry water/fire retardant fluid that is sprayed on the Fire Netting when embers are caught. Thermal cameras and Artificial Intelligence Software to identify and target fire ember storms. Drones are remote control with autonomous features to stay on task. Remote control is line-of-site hand-held controls and fight control from off-site location.

    The Fire Eating Dragon Might Save the Planet. Shall we at least try?

    Mission Leader

    ABC Solar Incorporated is owned by inventor of the Fire Eating Dragon. The Stakeholders recruited include heavy-lift drone manufacturer, an X-Box Game Designer, Thermal Camera Manufacturer, fire-fighting experts, Artificial Intelligence, mechanical, electrical and software engineers.

    You are funding Bradley Bartz to lead a team of stakeholders to make this happen. Briefly:

    1986 – The blind can’t read leads how can they sell? Brad got IBM to donate talking computers and trained and placed 6 blind folks in great jobs.

    1990 – Sole Source Justified natural language search engine deployed online.

    1993 – IBM Japan pre-loaded Brad’s IAC dial-up service on 300,000 IBM Aptiva Computers desktops.

    1992 – Spacedaily.com founded in Tokyo – still published daily. Brad wrote publishing system.

    1997 – Fixed garbage characters in Japanese web email and grew to 14% of Japanese market.

    2000 – Launched ABC Solar in Los Angeles after being blacklisted by Japanese government.

    2000 – present – multiple solar inventions and operate 5-star design build solar contracting business.

    2004 – Apologized by Prime Minister of Japan for blacklisting and bought back https://Japan.co.jp.

    2018 – co-founded Advanced Rockets Corporation a patented Hypersonic to Space Vehicle and Propulsion System. https://airbreathing.space

    2020 – Fire Eating Dragon Drone Ember Capture System leverages Brad’s experience.

    ABC Solar Incorporated is the submitting small business for this Fire Eating Dragon project. ABC Solar is a million dollar a year family owned contracting business founded in 2000. www.ABCsolar.com.

    Bradley Bartz is an author and his seminal work: The Venture Business Manual: Avoid Being Road Kill details Brad’s Surround The Space venture business methodology. https://venturebusinessmanual.com/

    Serial No.: 62/982,450
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    For: Airborne Fire Netting System for Wildfire Suppression ("Drone-Carried Fire Net")