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BlackKite Pod

BlackKite Pod

Infrared, Wide-Area Motion Imagery for Manned and Unmanned Aircraft

BlackKite delivers infrared (IR), wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) in a compact, lightweight, platform-agnostic pod weighing less than 38 lbs. Easily mounted on fixed wing, rotary wing, and UAS aircraft, the BlackKite system monitors a city-sized area all at once, day and night, automatically detecting and tracking all significant movers. BlackKite's onboard high-performance edge processor easily ingests and converts gigabytes of data for easy storage, or real time dissemination of of live and recorded imagery to users on the ground.



  • Ultra-lightweight – less than 38 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 twelve hours of mission data
  • Streaming video windows to support up to 10 unique views at once
  • Imagery that can be transmitted to handheld devices
  • User-defined “watchboxes” to provide sensor operators automated detection alerts

The BlackKite pod can be integrated onto light planes, helicopters, and medium-sized unmanned aircraft, including Group 3 UAS. As such, BlackKite can be easily utilized for a variety of missions.

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 pod, contact us.

Size, Weight, and Power

  • Pod size: 34 in (86 cm) L x 11 in (28 cm) W x 9 in (23 cm) H
  • Pod weight: < 38 lbs (17 kg)
  • Pod power: < 300 W
  • Processing: Processing embedded in pay.oad


  • Operational altitude: 3,000 ft – 12,000 ft (1,000 – 4,000 m) AGL
  • Areas of coverage: 0.8 sq km at 3,000 ft (1,000 m) AGL /
    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: Up to 10 unique streaming video windows
  • Onboard archive length: > 12 hrs, expandable to 24 hrs
  • Transmission to mobile devices: Yes
  • Internal processing: Compact embedded processing includes north-up
    rendering, real-time and DVR streaming, and full-mission storage.


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