Lockheed Martin’s Indago 3, a small quadrotor unmanned aerial system, has been upgraded with high resolution infrared sensors capable of day or night operations.
The Indago 3 quadrotor UAS weighs less than five pounds and can be airborne in three minutes. Depending on payloads, Indago 3 can fly up to 50 minutes at a cruise speed of 25mph and can operate at temperatures as low as 30-degrees below zero, and as high as 120 degrees.
“Providing an infrared capability for Indago further enhances the uses for this small but powerful system,” said Rich Bonnett, Indago program manager with Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies.
“With its endurance and quick deployment ability, Indago can be used for tasks ranging from surveillance to supporting firefighting operations to search and rescue.”
Indago’s infrared system, called Noctis, consists of dual FLIR infrared cameras that provide real time streaming video and still imagery.
Noctis uses wide and narrow fields of view with a digital zoom field of view from 32 degrees to two degrees, with transition between cameras.