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Community College Selects UTC to Develop UAS

By gguarino | August 15, 2012
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Sinclair Community College of Dayton, Ohio selected UTC Aerospace Systems to develop two small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) for their first responders training program.

UTC will also provide a tablet-style ground station, electro/optical payload and data link for the two systems which will be small enough to fit into the trunk of a police car. The systems are being developed by UTC subsidiary Sensors & Integrated Systems of Minnesota.

UTC said the two unmanned systems will have real-time video capabilities while navigating autonomously.

“Our training programs are being developed with the goal of increasing the capability of first responders out in the field, and the UTC Aerospace Systems SUAS is an ideal size, weight and capability for this program," said Deb Norris, vice president workforce development and corporate services at Sinclair. "This electronic air vehicle fits in the trunk of a police car, can be airborne as soon as a need is identified, and operates in near silence. The purchase of the system reaffirms Sinclair’s commitment to being a leading national UAS Training and Certification Center."

The two UASs are expected to be delivered to Sinclair later this year.

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