Performing “Beyond-Line-of-Sight, Overwatch and Imaging Functions”, Hood Tech Vision UAV Imagers Help with Search and Re

“In response to offshore emergency situations”, Hood Tech Vision UAV imagers perform “beyond-line-of-sight, overwatch, and imaging functions” to help improve search and rescue in challenging environments like the Arctic.

City, State, United States., August 13, 2015 - (PressReleasePoint) -

Press Release
From:  Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., Hood River, Oregon
Date:  August 13, 2015
Subject: Performing “Beyond-Line-of-Sight, Overwatch and Imaging Functions”, Hood Tech Vision UAV Imagers Help with Search and Rescue
Contact:  Dr. Andy von Flotow, Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., 541-387-2288,
According to the online blog ExecutiveBiz (,  Hood Tech Vision UAV imagers are being used to perform “beyond-line-of-sight, overwatch and imaging functions”, helping with search and rescue “in response to offshore emergency situations.”  “We’re always pleased to be involved in helping with search and rescue”, said a Hood Tech Vision representative.
According to the author, “the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration, Energy Department and other industry participants” will review the demonstrations, part of an “exercise (that) aims to assess the capability of unmanned technologies to support search-and-rescue operations in remote areas”.  “The lessons learned from this joint exercise will help facilitate response efforts in the future as well as develop requirements, tactics, techniques and procedures for unmanned technologies that could be leveraged for those responses in the Arctic environment,” said Rich Hansen, Arctic coordinator for Coast Guard RDC.
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 Vision matches embedded stabilization technology with electro-optical lenses that zoom up to 200X.  This results in a field of view of 0.24 degrees, in payloads that weigh from less than one to six kg.  Hood Tech Vision imagers consume as little as one-fifth the power common for such systems, increasing the power budget available to other sensors for Multi-INT missions.  Designed for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), boats, land vehicles, and towed and stationary mounts, the reliability and utility of Hood Tech’s daylight and thermal imaging products has been demonstrated during more than 900,000 hours of use in a variety of temperatures, humidity, dust, smoke, haze, and other environmental factors (
Dr. Andy von Flotow founded Hood Technology in Hood River, Oregon in 1993.  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 turbine failures.

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1750 Country Club Rd.
Hood River, OR 97031

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