NOAA Looks at Using Hood Technology UAV Imaging Systems for Non-Military Uses

NOAA is considering a broad range of non-military uses for UAVs flying from shipboard, including weather observations and oil spill monitoring.
Hood River, OR, United States., April 03, 2013 (PressReleasePoint) -- According to a Robotics Tomorrow article (http://roboticstomorrow.com/news/2013/03/26/groups-look-to-new-uas-uses-ponder-privacy-debate/21521) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is interested in using a range of UAVs once they can fly in United States airspace, permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In the meantime, NOAA is testing two of Hood Tech Vision’s imaging systems, included in two popular small UAVs. “We know these UAVs will prove to NOAA to be a good solution for weather and environmental monitoring. This is one of the applications we’ve been providing to the manufacturers”, said Dr. Lars Bergstrom, Chief of Operations for Hood Tech Vision, “and we, along with NOAA, look forward to the time when UAVs can safely share U.S. airspace for such worthy missions”.

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 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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