Hood River, OR, August 14, 2013 -- According to a recent article in The Marine Corps Times (www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20130807/NEWS04/308070008/Hawaii-become-huge-drone-base-Marine-Corps), the US Marines are considering a proposal to relocate about 270 Marines and 45 UAVs launched by Hood Tech’s new Mark 4 launcher. The RQ-21As would share a new facility with 12 copies of another UAV, moving from California to Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii. The final decision on the move may occur in 2014, following an environmental assessment “expected in October”. Hood Tech launchers have served the US around the globe, from the hot dusty deserts of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan to shipboard rescues in international waters and interdictions of drug runners.
“Hawaii is yet another duty station”, observed a Hood Tech representative. “We expect the Mark 4 launchers to perform in the Pacific theatre of operations as well as they always have for the US Marines and the US Navy. The launchers began as part of a system to track tuna in the Pacific, so the potential Hawaii posting is somewhat a return to the launcher’s roots.”
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 (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
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