Lockheed Martin adds imaging capabilities to UAS

The Indago 3. Credit: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has upgraded its Indago 3 quadcopter unmanned aerial system (UAS) with thermal imaging capabilities.

The system used on the drone is called Noctis and utilises dual FLIR infrared cameras. These can capture both wide and narrow fields of view, with a digital zoom from 32 degrees to two degrees, in real-time to the operator. It is also able to transition between both cameras seamlessly, says Lockheed Martin. The vision processing is also able to track objects and the system is available in laser equipped and non-laser equipped variants.

The drone itself weighs less the five pounds and can be airborne in less than three minutes, Lockheed Martin says. It can fly for up to 50 minutes.

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