Hood Tech’s Imagers Fly From Shipboard for the First Time Aboard the RQ-21A Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

The first flight from shipboard of the RQ-21A was also a first for the Hood Tech’s AltiCam 11 EOIR2 imaging system, which integrates electro-optical, infrared and laser imaging and range-finding in a single, gimbaled and stabilized turret weighing less than six kilograms.
Hood River, Oregon, United States., February 28, 2013 - (PressReleasePoint) -

From:  Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., Hood River, Oregon
Date:  February 28, 2013
Subject:  Hood Tech’s Imagers Fly From Shipboard for the First Time Aboard the RQ-21A Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Contact:  Dr. Lars Bergstrom, Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., 541-490-9099, lars@hoodtech.com
According to an announcement by the US Navy (http://www.navair.navy.mil/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.NAVAIRNewsStory&id=5262) the RQ-21A small tactical unmanned aircraft system (STUAS) completed its first ship-based flight February 10, 2013, on the LPD-class USS Mesa Verde in the Gulf of Mexico.  Hood Tech supplies the new AltiCam 11 EOIR2 imaging system for the RQ-21A, which integrates in one six-kilogram, stabilized and gimbaled turret both electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) imagers, along with a laser range-finder.  “The Hood Tech imaging system is a great match with the new aircraft”, said Dr. Lars Bergstrom, Chief Operations Officer for Hood Tech Vision.  “It provides both increased capability and image quality compared to similar payloads.  We’re confidant the US Navy will be pleased with the images delivered by our system.”
When Hood Tech began producing 800-gm video-camera turrets in 1998, it enabled an entirely new class of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  Hood Technology Corp. Vision, Inc. (Hood Tech) now designs and manufactures imaging and video processing systems at the highest level of the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS):  level 9.  Hood Tech matches improved stabilization technology with electro-optical lenses that zoom up to 170 times.  This results in a field of view of 0.3 degrees, in a package that weighs less than six kg.  Designed for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), boats, land vehicles, and stationary mounts, the reliability and utility of Hood Tech’s daylight and thermal imaging products has been demonstrated over more than 700,000 hours of use in a variety of temperatures, humidity, dust, smoke, haze, and other environmental factors (http://www.alticamvision.com).
Dr. Andy von Flotow founded Hood Technology in Hood River, Oregon in 1992.  Along with the design and manufacture of stabilized imaging systems, Hood Technology:

  • Develops, tests, and manufactures launch and retrieval systems for UAVs
  • Operates controlled launch and quiet wind tunnel test facilities
  • Monitors blade vibrations in industrial turbines and jet engines, including diagnostic methods that predict possible future failures.

The Hood Tech web site is:  www.hoodtech.com

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