ALTICAM VIDEO SYSTEM EQUIPS AEROVEL FLEXROTOR
August 6, 2012
6 August 2012
Hood Technology is displaying at Unmanned Systems North America a Flexrotor, the remarkable long-range VTOL aircraft from Aerovel, equipped with a Hood Tech stabilized imaging system. Hood Tech’s president, Andy von Flotow, observed that “Flexrotor brings a quantum jump in capability to the small-UAS sector, with its unique mix of VTOL, long-endurance, small size, and fully-automated operation both in flight and on the ground. Adding our best-in-class imaging should make for a remarkably powerful combination.” The Alticam system, mounted in a nose bay forward of the aircraft’s rotor/propellor, combines a lightweight stabilised turret and onboard image processor. The system compensates for airframe motion, delivers video of exceptional acuity, and tracks targets automatically so that “hands-off” surveillance can routinely be maintained for extended periods. Performance of these stabilized imaging systems has been well-proven in recent years, with many hundreds of thousands of flight-hours accumulated in operations at sea and over land.
Hood Technology Vision, Inc. (www.alticamvision.com) designs and manufactures imaging and video processing systems for aircraft, boats, land vehicles, and stationary mounts. Aerovel Corporation (www.aerovelco.com) is developing the Flexrotor unmanned aircraft for introduction to service in 2013-2014, with emphasis on economy in civil applications such as offshore reconnaissance and geological survey. Both firms are based in the Columbia River Gorge in the American northwest.
|Andy von FlotowHood Technology
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