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  • HoodTech Vision Demonstrates Dual Imaging Systems
Aug 2013
HOOD RIVER, Ore., Aug. 14, 2013 — HoodTech Vision can deliver stabilized imaging systems that operate simultaneously and independently on a single aircraft, the company announced recently.

“Two four-axis, gyro-stabilized imaging payload systems have been delivered to international customers for installation on a single aircraft," said Chris Johnston, vice president of sales and marketing for Infrared Projects at HoodTech.

HoodTech’s onboard aircraft electronics manage power, video and control functions. The dual-payload imaging systems are controlled by a rear-seat operator with analog video ground-link hardware. Video signals from each payload are multiplexed to the downlink hardware via computer control. Ground-based payload control has also been successfully demonstrated on various aircraft.

HoodTech also recently demonstrated dual-payload operations. “In a separate activity, HoodTech Vision has also demonstrated two-payload operations from a small UAS [unmanned aircraft system] where a center-of-gravity payload was mounted, in addition to a standard, nose-mounted payload,” Johnston said. “Independent imager control, articulation and tracking were successfully accomplished." Both the single- and dual-target scenarios saw increased situational awareness, he added.

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