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Sentient’s ViDAR Payload Enables UAS Find Function

By Juliet Van Wagenen | June 6, 2016
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Insitu ScanEagle UAS
Insitu ScanEagle UAS on which Sentient’s VIDAR payload aims to up ISR functions. Photo: Insitu

[Avionics Today 06-06-2016] Sentient Vision Systems, has signed an exclusive global distribution agreement with Insitu for the Visual Detection and Ranging (ViDAR) software for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within the tactical UAS weight class. Insitu will incorporate the ViDAR payload into its fleet of unmanned systems, beginning with its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft. The ViDAR software is built into the ScanEagle payload by Hood Technologies.

ViDAR is a wide area autonomous detection system for electro-optic imagery in the maritime domain enabling coverage over 80 times the ocean’s surface. ViDAR allows tactical UAS to have a find function. Operators typically must rely on larger, more expensive aircraft to detect objects in the ocean; ViDAR provides the find capability in a smaller, more cost-effective payload.

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