TiaLinx releases new Phoenix50-A SUAS
TiaLinx has announced the release of its software-defined multi-function radar sensor implemented in its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platform. Called the Phoenix50-A VTOL Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS), the system is capable of performing various intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
According to the company, the system can be used to conduct missions including motion detection within a compound, scanning the ground for unexploded ordnance (UXO), and non-line of site (NLOS) landing using fine beam ultra-wideband (UWB), multi-Gigahertz radio frequency (RF) sensor array. The SUAS can be remotely controlled at long standoff distances from the ground or an airborne asset.
TiaLink says the Phoenix50-A can be remotely guided to perform mission critical tasks via a software-controlled interface that is integrated into a laptop or joystick. In addition to the GPS based guidance system, the low acoustic signature SUAS can land on a desired premise using an undetectable radar. Upon landing, the RF sensor monitors the premise under surveillance for enhanced situational awareness.
The company says that the RF sensor transmits very low power UWB signal that is a fraction of a cellular phone's transmitter and is highly directional and can penetrate roofs at an extended range. At the receiver, a signal detector circuit is employed to capture the reflections from targets. Amplitude and delay information are then processed in an integrated signal processor. Capability to probe a compound at standoff keeps the operator and the Phoenix50-A out of harm's way.
According to the company, TiaLinx's real-time UWB RF Imaging development was sponsored by a SBIR Phase II from the US Army.
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