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MicroKestrel

Ultralight Wide-Area Motion Imagery for Group 1 Tethered UAS

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MicroKestrel

Ultralight Wide-Area Motion Imagery for Group 1 Tethered UAS

A miniaturized version of the Kestrel aerostat-based system, MicroKestrel delivers wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) from tethered Group 1 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). This micro-WAMI system provides 180- or 360-degree coverage of an area up to 20 square kilometers in size.

Available in short- and long-range versions, MicroKestrel supports the user with uninterrupted monitoring of live and recorded imagery. Powerful and portable, MicroKestrel delivers unparalleled situational awareness at a moment’s notice.

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Features

  • Ultra-lightweight – less than 5 lbs per pod
  • 180- and 360-degree coverage area options
  • Compact embedded real-time processing includes georegistration, stabilization, and mosaic stitching 
  • Onboard storage of up to 4 hours of mission data
  • DVR-like streaming of stored imagery to handheld devices
  • Real time access to live and recorded imagery 
  • User-defined “watchboxes” to provide sensor operators automated detection alerts

Missions

  • Base protection
  • Operations overwatch
  • Mobile unit SA enhancement
  • Event security
  • Humanitarian assistance

Performance

  • Operational altitude: 200 ft – 400 ft (61 m – 122 m) AGL
  • MicroKestrel-L area of coverage: 2.5 km radius, 9.8 sq km at 200 ft (61m) AGL
  • MicroKestrel-S area of coverage: 300 m radius, 0.14 sq km at 200 ft (61m) AGL
  • Angular coverage: 180 degrees per pod
  • Rendered image stability: < 1 pixel
  • Digital zoom: Yes
  • Refresh rate: 5Hz
  • Viewer windows: 5 real-time plus 5 forensic on optional ground station
  • Onboard archive length: up to 4 hours
  • Imagery transmission: Control centers, mobile devices
  • Internal processing: Compact embedded real-time processing includes georegistration, stabilization, and mosaic stitching, with DVR-like streaming of stored imagery

Payload Size, Weight, and Power

  • Sensor size: 11.8 in L x 11.4 in W x 3.9 in H (30 cm x 29 cm x 10 cm)
  • Sensor weight: < 5 lbs (2.1 kg)
  • Sensor power: < 80 W
  • Sensor voltage: 12 VDC

 

Support Documents

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MicroKestrel Specifications Wide-Area ISR Systems Brochure
Systems Overview Request

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