Hood Tech’s UAV Imaging Systems Must Weigh Less and See More

A recent article makes clear that UAV payloads must do more while weighing less than their predecessors.

Hood River, OR, United States., February 28, 2013 - (PressReleasePoint) -

From:  Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., Hood River, Oregon
Date:  February 28, 2013
Subject:  Hood Tech’s UAV Imaging Systems Must Weigh Less and See More
Contact:  Dr. Lars Bergstrom, Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., 541-490-9099, lars@hoodtech.com
A recent article in UAS Vision (http://www.uasvision.com/2013/02/13/lightweight-uas-demand-accelerates-development-of-lightweight-payloads/) makes the point that imaging systems for UAVs must do more while weighing less and becoming more compact at the same time.  Fortunately, the author notes, improvements in computing technology continue seemingly unabated, which supports the development of increasingly advanced imaging systems for smaller and smaller aircraft.  Hood Tech has been both a participant and an advocate of such improvements.  “We think our technology is second to none when it comes to small UAVs”, said Dr. Lars Bergstrom, Chief Operations Officer for Hood Tech Vision.  “As we have done for nearly 20 years now, we enthusiastically continue inventing, refining, and producing ever more advanced imaging systems.
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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