DEFENSE. LAW ENFORCEMENT. BORDER SECURITY.

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 live and recorded imagery to users on the ground.

FEATURES

  • Ultra-lightweight – less than 38 lbs
  • Area coverage of 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 eleven hours of mission data
  • Transmission of multiple unique streaming video windows to operators on the ground
  • Imagery transmitted to handheld devices
  • User-defined “watchboxes” provide automated detection alerts
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LOCATION-FLEXIBLE SURVEILLANCE
MISSIONS

  • 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

OPTIONS

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.

Platform Compatibility

  • Fixed-wing, rotary-wing, UAS

Mounting Options

  • Wing pylon, underbelly, gimbal mount adaptor
  • Easily installed and removed from the aircraft

Mounting Options

  • Internal datalink available, providing a fully integrated, single-LRU WAMI system with minimal resource requirements from the aircraft
  • Ideal for UAS applications

POWERFUL INFRARED WIDE-AREA MOTION
IMAGERY IN A LIGHTWEIGHT POD

The BlackKite Pod delivers mid-wave infrared wide-area motion imagery in a small lightweight pod that is
platform-flexible, with mounting capability for both manned and unmanned platforms.
  • size

    40 in L x 12 in W x 11 in H
    (102 cm x 31 cm x 28 cm)

  • weight

    ~ 38 lbs (17.2 kg)

  • power

    < 300 W max

  • Processing

    Processing embedded in payload

  • Operational altitude

    5,000 ft – 12,000 ft (1,500 m – 4,000 m) AGL

  • Refresh Rate

    1 Hz

  • GCS/SCS Archive Length

    160 hrs, expandable

  • Areas of Coverage

    2.2 sq km at 5,000 ft (1,500 m) AGL
    12.0 sq km at 12,000 ft (4,000 m) AGL

  • Cross-cueing

    Yes

  • Imagery Transmission

    Onboard, control centers, mobile devices

  • GSDs

    < 0.25 m at 5,000 ft (1,500 m) AGL
    0.6 m at 12,000 ft (4,000 m) AGL

  • Viewer Windows

    Up to 10 unique streaming video windows

  • Internal processing

    Compact embedded processing includes
    north-up rendering, real-time and DVR-like
    streaming, and full-mission storage

  • Imaging Modality

    3 Mpx InSb MWIR 10 μm px realizing 54 Mpx
    composite image

  • Onboard Archive Length

    ~ 5 hrs (4 TB drive), ~ 11 hrs (8 TB drive)

  • Datalink

    Internal datalink, providing a fully
    integrated single LRU

Full-time operation, maintenance, and repair at deployed sites.
Training, warranty support, and 24/7 help desk support available.

BlackKite Pod Specifications Wide-Area Systems Brochure
PAYLOAD SIZE, WEIGHT, AND POWER
  • size

    40 in L x 12 in W x 11 in H
    (102 cm x 31 cm x 28 cm)

  • weight

    ~ 38 lbs (17.2 kg)

  • power

    < 300 W max

  • Processing

    Processing embedded in payload

PERFORMANCE
  • Operational altitude

    5,000 ft – 12,000 ft (1,500 m – 4,000 m) AGL

  • Refresh Rate

    1 Hz

  • GCS/SCS Archive Length

    160 hrs, expandable

  • Areas of Coverage

    2.2 sq km at 5,000 ft (1,500 m) AGL
    12.0 sq km at 12,000 ft (4,000 m) AGL

  • Cross-cueing

    Yes

  • Imagery Transmission

    Onboard, control centers, mobile devices

  • GSDs

    < 0.25 m at 5,000 ft (1,500 m) AGL
    0.6 m at 12,000 ft (4,000 m) AGL

  • Viewer Windows

    Up to 10 unique streaming video windows

  • Internal processing

    Compact embedded processing includes
    north-up rendering, real-time and DVR-like
    streaming, and full-mission storage

  • Imaging Modality

    3 Mpx InSb MWIR 10 μm px realizing 54 Mpx
    composite image

  • Onboard Archive Length

    ~ 5 hrs (4 TB drive), ~ 11 hrs (8 TB drive)

  • Datalink

    Internal datalink, providing a fully
    integrated single LRU

GROUND/SENSOR CONTROL STATION

Ground/Sensor Control Station can be customized for greater/longer data retention based on customer needs.

Sensor Control and Exploitation

Ground-based (transportable or fixed) and/or aircraft-based

Components

Control server, client, archive server, storage array, UPS, accessories

GCS/SCS Size

8 U, 30 in rack depth

GCS/SCS Weight

< 250 lbs (115 kg) / < 400 lbs (180 kg) with cases

GCS/SCS Power

< 1 KW, 100% duty cycle

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