US Navy completes sensor testing aboard TigerShark UAV

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command completed integration tests of the Logos Technologies’ Redkite wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor aboard a TigerShark tactical unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation (NASC).

The flight was conducted in Yuma, Arizona, and demonstrated Redkite’s interoperability with different platforms, Logos Technologies said.

“We’ve had Redkite on planes and helicopters, and just recently we tested an integrated version of the WAMI sensor inside the payload bay of a Group 3 unmanned aircraft system (UAS),” said John Marion, president of Logos Technologies. “Now we’ve integrated a Redkite pod to the underside of a TigerShark wing.”

During the demonstration with TigerShark, sensor operators used Redkite to collect real-time wide-area motion imagery, geo-register it, and stream it down to the tablets held by mobile users on the ground.

Marion says that, during the demonstration, operators on the ground got the imagery on their mobile devices without any problems. “The test went exceptionally well,” he said. “We showed that Redkite is ready to go on TigerShark as well as any other similarly sized platform.”

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