Google asked the US Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test a drone for monitoring and fighting fires. However, its drone plans, which were published Thursday in the federal register, have since been extinguished.
The Google Research group asked for permission to operate an unmanned aircraft system called the HSE-UAV M8A Pro, which weighs between 55 and 99 pounds. That drone, made by Homeland Surveillance & Electronics LLC for agricultural purposes like spraying chemicals on crops, could in theory be filled with water to put out a fire, a Bloomberg report noted.
Google though has “no immediate plans to re-engage on this work,” said a spokesperson on Wednesday, adding that the petition to the FAA was submitted “almost a year ago for a project we were considering exploring at the time.”