BINGEN, Wash., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Insitu Inc. of Washington has introduced a small unmanned aircraft system to give the public safety market real-time video and stable, high-resolution imagery.
The short-range tactical Interceptor rotorcraft system can fit in the trunk of a car and easily launched and recovered in almost any environment.
The Inceptor is highly tolerant of sustained winds and wind gusts, achieving stable aerial imagery through an advanced onboard control system, Insitu said.
"Inceptor will help first responders locate and identify natural and human public safety threats, keeping people out of harm's way," Insitu Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ryan Hartman said. "We're excited to add a small rotorcraft to our family of field-proven unmanned systems."
Inceptor speeds and maneuvers at the touch of a button. Operator training and workload is minimized through a streamlined design and user interface.
Video imagery is transmitted to the handheld ground control station and distributed to decision makers for real-time viewing.
The rotorcraft weighs less than 4 pounds, hovers quietly overhead for more than 20 minutes and can patrol at speeds up to 24 mph. The operator uses a small portable control unit to command it to hover or fly in any direction at varying speeds.
Insitu Inc., with headquarters in Bingen, Wash., is a wholly owned independent subsidiary of Boeing.