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Lightweight, Day/Night Wide-Area Motion Imagery Sensor for the Insitu IntegratorTM Tactical UAS

BlackKite-I is an infrared (IR) wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor configured specifically for the payload bay of the Insitu Integrator, a Group 3 unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Like larger day/night WAMI systems, BlackKite-I monitors a city-sized area in near real-time, detecting and tracking all significant movers in the scene, while also recording events for later analysis. BlackKite-I employs our multi-modal edge processor (MMEP), a high-performance processor that converts gigabytes of data into geo-tagged imagery—eight hours of which can be stored locally, while the sensor is still airborne. Operators on the ground access live and recorded IR imagery from the WAMI system, in real time.



  • Ultra-lightweight – less than 28 lbs
  • Coverage of an area up to twelve square kilometers
  • Resolution optimized to track vehicles and detect moving dismounts
  • High-performance, real-time onboard multi-modal edge processor (MMEP)
  • Onboard storage of up to eight hours of mission data
  • Multiple unique streaming video windows to operators on the ground
  • Imagery that can be transmitted to handheld devices
  • User-defined “watchboxes” to provided sensor operators automated detection alerts

Mission Sets:

  • Force protection
  • Tactical-level persistent surveillance
  • Route reconnaissance and overwatch
  • Border security
  • Police aerial patrol
  • Suspect tracking
  • Data-driven policing
  • Monitoring wildfires and suppression progress

For more information about the BlackKite-I system, please contact us.

Size, Weight, and Power

  • Size: 41 in (105 cm) L x 12 in (31 cm) W x 8.5 in (22 cm) H
  • Weight: < 28 lbs (13 kg)
  • Power: < 300 W max, < 250 W nominal
  • Processing: Processing embedded in payload


  • Operational altitude: 5,000 ft – 12,000 ft (1,500 – 4,000 m) AGL
  • Areas of coverage: 3.0 sq km at 6,000 ft (2,000 m) AGL / 12.0 sq km at 12,000 ft (4,000 m) AGL
  • Refresh rate: 1 Hz
  • Cross-cueing: Yes
  • Viewer windows: Multiple unique streaming video windows
  • Onboard archive length: ~ 8 hrs, expandable
  • Transmission to mobile devices: Yes
  • Internal processing: Compact embedded processing includes north-up rendering, real-time and DVR-like streaming, and full-mission storage.

Support Documents

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BlackKite-I Specifications Wide-Area Systems Brochure
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