Marines are Keen on Hood Tech’s UAV Sensor Capability

Marines plan to increase current purchases more than twelve-fold, want the better UAV sensor suite provided by Hood Tech.
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From:  Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., Hood River, Oregon
Date:  July 12, 2012
Subject:  Marines are Keen on Hood Tech’s UAV Sensor Capability
Contact:  Dr. Lars Bergstrom, Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., 541-490-9099,

According to a new CNN article (, the newest Hood Tech sensors are the reason behind enthusiasm by the Marine Corps for a new small tactical unmanned aircraft system (STUAS).  The first prototypes of the system, dubbed the RQ-21A, were delivered earlier this year, and due to its better capability than earlier systems, the marines wish to increase the number “more than 12 times the current level - the largest proportional increase of any of the military's unmanned aircraft”.  The high-definition optical camera and infrared sensors on the payload are the latest of Hood Tech’s unparalleled sensors.

“We’re pleased to hear that the Marines are delighted with our product,” said Lars Bergstrom, Hood Tech Vision’s Chief Operating Officer.  “We’ve worked hard to produce and deliver the best systems we can design, so that users have the maximal opportunity to identify details in the image they are seeing.”

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, and has just announced the capability of facial recognition beyond audible range from new stabilization technology and from electro-optical lenses that zoom up to 160X.  This results in a field of view of 0.3 degrees, in a package that weighs under four 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 600,000 hours of use in a variety of temperatures, humidity, dust, smoke, haze, and other environmental factors (

Hood Technology was founded by Dr. Andy von Flotow in Hood River, Oregon in 1993.  Along with the design and manufacture of stabilized imaging systems, Hood Technology:

  • Develops, tests, and manufactures launch and retrieval systems for a variety of UAVs and
  • Monitors blade vibrations in industrial turbines and jet engines, a diagnostic method for predicting possible future failures.

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Hood River, OR 97031
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