Currently NASA 870 showing as MQ-9 over Idaho on a long mission from Edwards back to Edwards,Interesting!
It’s actually a Reaper (formerly Predator-B) with a 20ft wing extension.
This other thread says it’s being used by the forest service.
Thanks yeah they actually have a very large list of UAVS some available to other agencies some are not.
The Aug 16 flight was a USFS deal. Mapped the ZACA fire in Santa Barbara County and a few other in Northern California. Yesterday’s flight was up to the Sun Valley fire in Idaho. There’s been quite a discussion about it on the Associated Airtanker Pilots message board, including using drones as airtankers. I believe the BLM is wanting to try that.