Redkite Wide-Area Sensor Undergoes Successful Test Aboard TigerShark
FAIRFAX, Va. — Logos Technologies announced in a July 11 release that its lightweight Redkite wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor successfully completed testing aboard a TigerShark, a tactical unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Navmar Applied Sciences Corp. (NASC).
The flight, which was conducted in Yuma, Ariz., on behalf of the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command, once again demonstrated the versatility of Redkite to be mounted on, and successfully operated from, a variety of airborne platforms.
“We’ve had Redkite on planes and helicopters, and just recently we tested an integrated version of the WAMI sensor inside the payload bay of a Group 3 unmanned aircraft system [UAS],” said John Marion, president of Logos Technologies. “Now we’ve integrated a Redkite pod to the underside of a TigerShark wing.”
During the demonstration with TigerShark, sensor operators used Redkite to collect real-time wide-area motion imagery, geo-register it and stream it down to the tablets held by mobile users on the ground.
“This is the first time that we’ve put WAMI on one of our unmanned aircraft,” said Carl Engelbert, vice president for Airborne Systems and Logistics at NASC. “It’s an amazing capability to have on a Group 3 UAS and under the control of the tactical commander.”
Marion said that, during the demonstration operators on the ground got the imagery on their mobile devices without any problems.
“The test went exceptionally well,” he said. “We showed that Redkite is ready to go on TigerShark as well as any other similarly sized platform.”