Unmanned Vehicles

Lockheed upgrades Indago 3 with IR payload

7th May 2018 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Lockheed Martin has upgraded its Indago 3 small quadrotor UAS with high resolution infrared (IR) sensors capable of performing day or night operations, the company announced on 2 May.

Indago’s IR system, called Noctis, consists of dual FLIR IR cameras that provide real time streaming video and still imagery.

Noctis uses wide and narrow fields of view with a digital zoom field of view from 32° to 2°, with seamless transition between cameras. Its vision processing provides feature tracking of objects, reducing operator workload. Noctis is offered in two variants, laser equipped or non-laser equipped.

Weighing less than five pounds, the Indago 3 quadrotor UAS can be airborne in less than three minutes. Along with a low acoustic and visual signature during startup and flight, the platform’s haze grey colour minimises visual detection during missions. Depending on payloads, Indago 3 can fly up to 50 minutes at a cruise speed of 25mph.

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