News of the WeekNATURAL DISASTERS

Drone Spy Plane Helps Fight California Fires

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Science  02 Nov 2007:
Vol. 318, Issue 5851, pp. 727
DOI: 10.1126/science.318.5851.727

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA-- An unmanned Predator B airplane provided firefighters with up-to-the-minute data on the many conflagrations in southern California last week, helping in the coordination of firefighting efforts that spared many lives and structures--including the venerable Palomar Observatory.