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Navair Tests Wide-Area Motion Imagery Sensor Onboard Drone

By S.L. Fuller | July 13, 2017

TigerShark

Photo: U.S. Navy

A wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor has successfully completed testing onboard a Navmar Applied Sciences Corp. TigerShark unmanned aircraft system (UAS), Logos Technologies said. The test of the company’s Redkite sensor was completed in Yuma, Arizona on behalf of Naval Air Systems Command (Navair).

“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.”

TigerShark sensor operators used Redkite during the test to collect real-time wide-area motion imagery. The imagery was then geo-registered and streamed down to tablets held by mobile users on the ground, Logos Technologies said. According to Navair, this is the first time the command has put the motion imagery sensor one of its drones.

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