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Hood Technology unveils new Alticam Pod

18th December 2012 - 14:59 by the Shephard News Team

Hood Technology unveils new Alticam Pod

HoodTech Vision has announced the release of its new Alticam Pod aluminum housing product for onboard imaging systems on small manned and unmanned aircraft. The pod is compatible with all HoodTech Alticam turrets and includes an advanced GPS/INS capability. 

The Alticam Pod was designed as a test vehicle for operation of HoodTech Vision (HTV) payloads in fixed-wing aircraft, and as a rugged vehicle for manned, fixed wing application of various HTV systems. The company said it is readily adaptable to other general aviation aircraft, aerostats, and unmanned aircraft. 

According to the company, the new flexible and compact pod features Alticam video processing (AVS) with object tracking, electronic de-jitter, and numerous video functions. The system also includes a moving map to improve operator situational awareness. For manned aircraft, the pod includes an Alitcam control console with an intuitive touch screen operator terminal.

The Alticam Pod supports HTV stabilised imaging system payloads which include a range of accessories available to meet customer requirements. Options include the Alticam Vision Network (AVN) card which provides H.264 encoding with KLV metadata. AVN delivers full motion video in IP formats for digital downlink to the customer’s ground station.  HoodTech Vision has demonstrated this downlink capability on a Persistent System’s Wave Relay mobile ad-hoc network fabric.

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