A UAS Network for Transportation Emergency Response

Recent research has shown that Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) can be helpful in emergency incident response, particularly when the incident scenes are too dangerous for first responders to get close to (e.g. fire and HAZMAT spills). Recognizing this potential use for UAS (drones), Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has funded a prior study to develop a conceptual UAS emergency response network for both highway incidents and natural disasters. However, a practical understanding of using UAS in different types of emergency situations is still needed. The intent of this project is to evaluate the types of incidents that are most suitable for using UAS; the key operational parameters for UAS operating in emergency incident response; and how to integrate UAS into the MassDOT emergency management team.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $60,000
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Massachusetts Lowell

    One University Drive
    Lowell, MA  United States  01854
  • Principal Investigators:

    Chen, Danjue

    Xie, Yuanchang

  • Start Date: 20210301
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220429
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01771472
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 11 2021 1:45PM