HoodTech Vision, a manufacturer of low-size, -weight and -power stabilized imaging systems, has announced a capability to provide simultaneous, independent operation of two stabilized imaging systems on a single aircraft, either manned or unmanned.
The company says the dual-payload imaging systems on a single manned aircraft are controlled by a rear-seat payload operator with analog video ground-link hardware. HoodTech adds that video signals from each payload are multiplexed to the downlink hardware via computer control.
In addition, the company notes ground-based payload control has been successfully demonstrated on various aircrafts.
‘Two four-axis, gyro-stabilized, imaging payload systems have been delivered to international customers for installation on a single aircraft,’ says Hoodtech’s Chris Johnston. ‘The EO payload was an adaptation of HoodTech's field-proven Alticam 09EO1 product that offers National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS) level 9 for airborne imagery from a 4,200 ft. slant range, along with a continuous zoom MWIR payload based upon our Alticam 09MWIR2 product.’
‘In a separate activity, HoodTech Vision has also demonstrated two-payload operations from a small UAS where a center-of-gravity (CG) payload was mounted, in addition to a standard, nose-mounted payload,” adds Johnston. “Both EO-only and EO/IR payloads were installed and operated in the CG position. A standard EO/IR payload occupied the nose position on the UAS. Independent imager control, articulation and tracking were successfully accomplished.
“HoodTech and its customer partner realized great value in the two-payload load-out when interrogating two independently operating targets from a single airplane. Situational awareness was increased in both the single target and dual-target scenarios,’ he concludes.