RQ 21A and Hood Tech Imagers Begin Operational Tests at Twentynine
RQ-21A Blackjack, with Hood Tech’s EO and IR imagers, began initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) early this year at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California.
Hood River, OR, March 14, 2014 -- RQ-21A Blackjack, with Hood Tech’s EO and IR imagers, began initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) early this year at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California.
From: Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., Hood River, Oregon
Date: March 13, 2014
Subject: RQ-21A and Hood Tech Imagers Begin Operational Tests at Twentynine Palms
Contact: Dr. Andy von Flotow, Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., 541-387-2288, firstname.lastname@example.org
According to Aerospace Manufacturing and Design (http://www.onlineamd.com/amd0314-aerospace-latest-news.aspx), the Marine Corps’ new Blackjack RQ-21A is undergoing operational tests at Twentynine Palms, which means that so are Hood Tech’s integral part of the UAV, the EO and IR imaging systems. The ground and shipboard testing process will continue for the next several months. "We are confident the Marines will like our fully gimbaled, EO/IR AltiCam 11 system," said a Hood Tech representative.
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. Hood Tech Vision imagers consume as little as one-fifth the power common for such systems, increasing the power budget to other sensors for Multi-INT missions. 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 750,000 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 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.
The Hood Tech web site is: www.hoodtech.com
Andy von Flotow
1750 Country Club Rd.
Hood River, OR 97031
by: Andy von Flotow