MAG Aerospace and Logos Technologies have successfully tested an ultra-light wide-area sensor for on-demand airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) services.
The Logos-built Redkite wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor was tested onboard a Cessna 206 turboprop in Carthage, North Carolina, US.
During the trial, the companies validated WAMI's capability as an on-demand airborne service by streaming video to Android tablets held by ground personnel.
Logos Technologies president John Marion said: "Redkite is the smallest, most power-efficient WAMI system available on the market."
Weighing less than 30lb, Redkite features a 50-plus megapixel camera capable of capturing up to 4km in diameter at 12,000ft above ground level.
The WAMI sensor records, stores, and processes all activity within its coverage area for up to eight hours, allowing users to rewind through imagery and analyse past events in real-time or forensically on the ground.
It can provide up to ten video windows, and allows multiple users to stream and watch footage on tablets or other mobile devices.
The Redkite, which requires less than 250W to operate, can be used in search and rescue, disaster relief, and border and event security missions.
MAG Aerospace CEO Joe Fluet said: "We're on the cusp of offering, for the very first time, a cutting-edge turnkey solution that has never been available before.
"We look forward to working with customers, both here and around the world, who require on-demand WAMI solutions for a variety of mission sets."