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					NOAA Looks at Using Hood Technology UAV Imaging Systems for Non-Military
Uses

NOAA is considering a broad range of non-military uses for UAVs flying
from shipboard, including weather observations and oil spill monitoring.

Hood River, OR, United States., April 03, 2013 -- According to a Robotics
Tomorrow article (http://roboticstomorrow.com/news/2013/03/26/groups-
look-to-new-uas-uses-ponder-privacy-debate/21521) the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is interested in using a range of
UAVs once they can fly in United States airspace, permitted by the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In the meantime, NOAA is testing
two of Hood Tech Vision’s imaging systems, included in two popular small
UAVs. “We know these UAVs will prove to NOAA to be a good solution for
weather and environmental monitoring. This is one of the applications
we’ve been providing to the manufacturers”, said Dr. Lars Bergstrom,
Chief of Operations for Hood Tech Vision, “and we, along with NOAA, look
forward to the time when UAVs can safely share U.S. airspace for such
worthy missions”.

When Hood Tech began producing 800-gm video-camera turrets in 1998, it
enabled an entirely new class of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Hood Technology Vision now designs and manufactures imaging and video
processing systems at the highest level of the National Imagery
Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS): level 9. Hood Tech matches
improved stabilization technology with electro-optical lenses that zoom
up to 170 times. This results in a field of view of 0.3 degrees, in a
package that weighs less than six kg. Designed for manned and unmanned
aerial vehicles (UAVs), boats, land vehicles, and stationary mounts, the
reliability and utility of Hood Tech’s daylight and thermal imaging
products has been demonstrated over more than 700,000 hours of use in a
variety of temperatures, humidity, dust, smoke, haze, and other
environmental factors (http://www.hoodtechvision.com).

Dr. Andy von Flotow founded Hood Technology in Hood River, Oregon in
1992. Along with the design and manufacture of stabilized imaging
systems, Hood Technology:

Develops, tests, and manufactures launch and retrieval systems for UAVs
Operates controlled launch and quiet wind tunnel test facilities
Monitors blade vibrations in industrial turbines and jet engines,
including diagnostic methods that predict possible future failures.

The Hood Tech web site is: www.hoodtech.com

Contact :
Dr. Laars Bergstrom
Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc
3100 Cascade
Hood River, OR 97031
541-490-9099
ken@hoodtech.com
http://www.hoodtech.com

				
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