Small military aircraft that achieves big results: Scan Eagle "one of the most successful small UAVs"

Top Quote Although big unmanned aircraft such as the Predator drone get most of the attention, it's the small guys that "…provide most of the route surveillance for convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan, spy on hostile forces and provide critical information to warfighters in direct contact with hostile forces." So writes Daniel Goure for at End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 24, 2011 - The article, titled "Small UAVs like Scan Eagle carry a tremendous workload", discusses UAVs like those carrying Hood Tech's AltiCam imaging systems manufactured in Hood River, Oregon ( Working symbiotically, Hood Tech and its clients are united in their efforts to push today's technologies to their limits while simultaneously inventing the technologies that the Navy and Marine Corps will use tomorrow.

    The article observes that one small UAV typically "flies with an electro-optical sensor." One variant of this UAV, employs a mid wavelength infrared imager to see at night and through obscurants. Experiments have been conducted flying this UAV with a miniature synthetic aperture radar, the first of its kind on a small UAV.

    "The company that makes the UAV described was the recent winner of the Navy/Marine Corps competition to develop a new Small Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (STUAS)." This new UAV "will be able to carry a variety of heavier payloads for the same distances and flight duration".

    "The value of small UAVs is that they provide tactical units, Army/Marine platoons and individual small warships, with their own real-time overhead tactical sensors. When you need to know what is going on over the next hill, track a terrorist back to his hideout or surveil the waters around a naval vessel or a maritime facility, systems like the Scan Eagle are critical."

    Hood Tech's AltiCam imaging systems are an integral part of many of the UAVs described in Daniel Goure's article.

    Hood Technology ( was founded by Dr. Andy von Flotow in Hood River in 1993. In addition to camera systems for UAVs, Hood Technology develops, tests, and manufactures launch and retrieval systems for UAVs and monitors blade vibrations in industrial turbines and jet engines, a diagnostic method for predicting possible future failures.

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