Hood River, OR (PressExposure) June 12, 2013 -- According to a Defense Security Report in Jane's (http://www.janes.com/products/janes/defence-security-report.aspx?ID=1065979854&channel=defence), August 2013 will mark the introduction of Hood Tech Vision's new imaging system on the RQ-21A UAV.
The Marines will evaluate the first unit at 29 Palms, California as well as on board the USS Mesa Verde. The "RQ-21A will be flown in a very realistic environment", said USMC Colonel Jim Rector, the RQ-21A program manager. The second unit is expected before the end of 2013, with "five more RQ-21A systems in Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14)".
The marines target the second quarter of FY14 for initial operational capability. Hood Tech Vision's stabilized, turret-mounted imaging system is fully integrated into the RQ-21A and functions as the UAV's principal sensor suite.
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
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.
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