The Ihvert suite of products and underlying Vidhance technology is fit for purpose to enhance any kind of full motion video, especially from complex and moving platforms such as aerial surveillance assets. However, the proliferation of lower-cost mini- and micro UAS, and the specific boundary requirements in this domain deserves a specific mentioning.
Elbit Skylark 1 LE mini UAV. (c) Elbit Systems Ltd.
The class of mini-UAV in many scenarios represent the ideal trade-off between system cost, cost of operation, deployment time and flexibility/mobility on one hand, and requirements in terms of range, endurance and sensor data needs for tactical and battle technical missions. This is also evidenced with the abundance of good systems in this segment; the Elbit Skylark I LE and the Aeronvironment RAVEN (RQ-11) is immensely popular. Patriaís MASS, Lockheed Martinís Stalker, EMTís Aladin, Aeronautics
Orbiter, EADS/Cassidianís Tracker/DRAC, IAIís Bird-Eye and Aeronautics are but a few of prominent UAS in this class.
Less is more
With proven usefulness in both civilian and defense applications, the class of ultralight UAVís, micro-UAVs (or miniature UAS, or micro Air Vehicle (MAV) ) also sees an overwhelmingly number of proven vehicles. Hoover-and-stare platforms are frequent, with helicopters, quadcopters and ducted fan copters, such as the Microdrones md4 series, the Aeryon Scout, the Draganfly X6, the Honeywell T-Hawk (RQ-16) and the Aurora GoldenEye 50 are good examples. Fixed wing vehicles also has its space in this class, often the systems are characterized by robustness and extreme quick deployment; the WASP from Aeronvironment and Maveric from Prioria Robotics being two good examples.
The Aeryon Scout. Courtesy of and copyright to Aeryon Labs Inc.
The obvious benefits with the kind of affordable, portable, robust and quickly deployed systems above comes with drawbacks. System cost must be kept low, and there are severe limitations on payload weight, and thus sensor capabilities. As numbers of units are high, the number of operators is high, so training cost needs to be kept low. The scale below serves as an illustration.
In addition, small aerial vehicles are additionally prone to suffer from engine vibrations and turbulence; this combined with payload limitations impacts negatively on the visual quality provided from the system.
The Imint approach is to shift the scaleís balancing point by means of clever ground software that simply ďsnaps onĒ an existing system with minimal retrofitting costs. Find out more about our Ihvert product suite or the underlying Vidhance technology . You can also go back and learn about our concept view on remote video .
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