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Hood Tech Vision Imagers Used in First Commercial Inspection Activity with BNSF Railway

Hood Tech Vision Imagers Used in First Commercial Inspection Activity with BNSF Railway

According to a report by a local newspaper (The Columbian) Hood Tech Vision imagers are the first commercial UAV application inspecting linear infrastructure, pairing with Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) to inspect 64 miles of railroad track. The activity, near Vaughn, New Mexico, is …“part of a Federal Aviation Administration initiative called Pathfinder intended develop regulations for the unmanned aircraft industry”…

Hood River, OR, November 13, 2015 — According to a report by a local newspaper (The Columbian) Hood Tech Vision imagers are the first commercial UAV application inspecting linear infrastructure, pairing with Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) to inspect 64 miles of railroad track. The activity, near Vaughn, New Mexico, is …“part of a Federal Aviation Administration initiative called Pathfinder intended develop regulations for the unmanned aircraft industry”…

From: Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., Hood River, Oregon
Date: November 12, 2015
Subject: Hood Tech Vision Imagers Used in First Commercial Inspection Activity with BNSF Railway
Contact: Dr. Andy von Flotow, Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., 541-387-2288, andy@hoodtech.com

According to The Columbian (http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/oct/28/insitus-scaneagle-drone-records-new-achievement/), Hood Tech Vision’s UAV cameras have been used for inspecting 64 miles of railway near Vaughn, New Mexico, …“part of a Federal Aviation Administration initiative called Pathfinder intended develop regulations for the unmanned aircraft industry”… Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) designated 132 miles of track for the exercise, and Hood Tech Vision and its UAV covered 64 miles in one example of “beyond visual line of sight” inspection. “We’re pleased to take part in first-time applications of our technology and in first-ever uses”, said a Hood Tech Vision representative. “We hope our imagers continue to be exploited for useful commercial applications.”

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 Vision matches embedded stabilization technology with electro-optical lenses that zoom up to 200X. This results in a field of view of 0.24 degrees, in payloads that weigh from less than one to six kg. Hood Tech Vision imagers consume as little as one-fifth the power common for such systems, increasing the power budget available to other sensors for Multi-INT missions.  Designed for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), boats, land vehicles, and towed and stationary mounts, the reliability and utility of Hood Tech’s daylight and thermal imaging products has been demonstrated during more than 900,000 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 1993. Along with the design and manufacture of stabilized imaging systems, Hood Tech:

-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 turbine failures.

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

Contact:
Andy von Flotow
Hood Technology
1750 Country Club Rd.
Hood River, OR 97031
541-387-2288
ken@hoodtech.com

http://www.hoodtech.com

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