Hood Tech’s Imaging Systems Head to Japan to Help Forestall Effects of the Next Tsunami

Hood Tech Vision’s imagers are part of a UAV package being used by the Japanese government in preparation for any future incidents like the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

Hood River, OR, May 17, 2013 - (PressReleasePoint) - The Japanese government, dedicated to addressing any future earthquake or tsunami events using the lessons of the 2011 disaster, is buying a UAV system than includes Hood Tech Vision’s imagers (http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/144978/insitu-delivers-scaneagle-uav-for-japanese-army.html). The article notes that the use of the well-proven hood Tech Vision technology “could help save many lives in the future by getting information into the right hands quickly”. In partnership with Japanese corporations, the US UAV manufacturer is committed to helping provide the best system it can to “enhance Japan's immediate response capability”.

“We are very pleased to be involved in such an important piece of work”, said Andy von Flotow, Hood Tech’s President. “All of us at Hood Tech Vision were stunned at the devastation suffered by the communities affected by the earthquake and tsunami, and we are delighted to be providing part of a potential response to future environmental anomalies and their aftermaths.

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 Vision 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.hoodtechvision.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 Tech:

  • 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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