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RQ-21A Deploys to Afghanistan with Hoof Tech Vision’s UAV Sensors

RQ-21A Deploys to Afghanistan with Hoof Tech Vision’s UAV Sensors

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The US Marines are deploying five RQ-21A Blackjack systems to Afghanistan using an early operational capability model. Those systems feature Hood Tech Vision’s UAV imagers.
The US Marines are deploying five RQ-21A Blackjack systems to Afghanistan using an early operational capability model. Those systems feature Hood Tech Vision’s UAV imagers.

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RQ-21A Deploys to Afghanistan with Hoof Tech Vision's UAV SensorsThe US Marines are deploying five RQ-21A Blackjack systems to Afghanistan using an early operational capability model. Those systems feature Hood Tech Vision's UAV imagers.Hood River, OR, June 27, 2014 -- The US Marines are deploying five RQ-21A Blackjack systems to Afghanistan using an early operational capability model. Those systems feature Hood Tech Vision's UAV imagers.From: Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., Hood River, OregonDate: June 26, 2014Subject: RQ-21A Deploys to Afghanistan with Hoof Tech Vision's UAV SensorsContact: Dr. Andy von Flotow, Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., 541-387-2288, andy@hoodtech.comThe RQ-21A, dubbed the Blackjack, has deployed to Afghanistan (http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/blackjack-uas-deploys-to-afghanistan-400026/). The system features Hood Tech Vision's electro-optical and IR sensors. Two years after the US Marines took delivery of the first two systems, five systems are deploying using an early operational capability model.As noted in the article, ª...the 61.2-kg-sized RQ-21A is capable of performing many¼missions. It carries payloads weighing up to 11.3 kg in an internal bay, with (Hood Tech Vision's) electro-optic and infrared cameras¼as standard payloads.ºThe article goes on to note that the US Marines intend ª¼to operate 32 RQ-21A systems. The (US Navy) plans to acquire 25 RQ-21As.ºWhen 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 Vision matches embedded stabilization technology with electro-optical lenses that zoom up to 200 times. This results in a field of view of 0.3 degrees, in a package that weighs from less than one to 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 towed and stationary mounts, the reliability and utility of Hood Tech's daylight and thermal imaging products has been demonstrated during 800,000 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 UAVsOperates controlled launch and quiet wind tunnel test facilitiesMonitors blade vibrations in industrial turbines and jet engines, including diagnostic methods that predict possible future failures.The Hood Tech web site is: www.hoodtech.comContact:Andy von FlotowHood Tech1750 Country Club Rd.,Hood River, OR 97031

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