Textron Systems to Integrate Survey Sensor on Aerosonde sUAS

Unmanned systems developer Textron Systems Unmanned Systems says it will now offer the TK-7 Firewatch precision survey sensor on its Aerosonde small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS).

The TK-7 Firewatch, developed by Overwatch Imaging LLC, has a multi-spectrum precision survey payload that features a nadir-oriented, multi-megapixel color focal plane array and co-boresighted infrared sensors. According to Textron, the integration of these sensors with an onboard image processing system provides advanced precision mapping and multi-image orthophoto capabilities that can synthesize high-fidelity aerial imagery and detect anomalies.

“By integrating this sensor onto the Aerosonde sUAS, we believe this will be a differentiator in the emerging civil and commercial application space by providing a more advanced and cost-effective method to complete precision survey,” says Dennis Racine, a senior director at Textron Systems.

“By supporting real-time situational awareness, which increases the safety and effectiveness of our wildland fire incident responders, the TK-7 represents a new disruptive capability platform and fills a technology gap for a core area in multiple civil and industry applications,” Racine adds.

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