Hood River, OR, United States, January 08, 2014 -- The British military recently acquired Hood Tech Vision’s imaging systems as part of a UAV package. They seem to be very favorably impressed, according to their reports.
From: Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., Hood River, Oregon
Date: January 7, 2014
Subject: British Naval Personnel Laud Hood Tech Vision’s UAV “Eye in the Sky”
Contact: Dr. Andy von Flotow, Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., 541-387-2288, [email protected]
British military personnel sound very happy to be operating Hood Tech Vision’s imaging systems on recently acquired UAVs: (http://www.suasnews.com/2013/12/26565/first-ever-royal-navy-drone-launched-in-30million-mission-to-stop-somali-pirates/?utm_source=sUAS+News+Daily&utm_campaign=174b3720e5-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b3c0776dde-174b3720e5-303664173).
“Skippers get an unprecedented situation report from this eye in the sky.
“It lets us look for the enemy before they see us. It could be used to look for pirates, to spot a threat to (the) ship or to look ahead to a choke point where the enemy may have assembled small craft loaded with explosives. This would let (one) do something about it or avoid it.
“And at night it would help the skipper decide which lights out there are friendly – otherwise he is just looking at dots on a radar screen.”
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 (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
Hood River, OR 97031