Hood River, OR (PressExposure) March 01, 2013 -- The Portland Business Journal reports ( http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/morning_call/2013/02/insitu-tests-new-unmanned-aircraft-in.html ) that the US Navy's RQ-21A aircraft recently was test-flown in eastern Oregon with "an improved sensor turret, which includes the latest mid-wave infrared sensor with onboard image stabilization". The turret referenced is Hood Tech's Alticam 11 EOIR2, which also includes a laser range-finder to provide comprehensive capability to spot and identify objects of interest for both military and non-military applications. The new turret "helps imagery analysts see...during day and night missions". "As an Oregon company, we are pleased to be located so close to the test site", said Lars Bergstrom, the Chief Operations Officer for Hood Tech Vision, which produces the turret. "We benefit from the location, and we think our technology is leading the way for small UAV 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: http://www.hoodtech.com