POWERFUL AND PORTABLE

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 live and recorded imagery. Powerful and portable, MicroKestrel delivers unparalleled situational awareness at a moment’s notice.

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

LONG-ENDURANCE, STATIONARY
SURVEILLANCE MISSIONS

  • Base protection
  • Operations overwatch
  • Mobile unit SA enhancement
  • Event security
  • Humanitarian assistance
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WIDE-AREA PERSISTENT SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM

Lightweight, compact, and affordable, MicroKestrel allows the operator of a small, tethered UAS to conduct
persistent surveillance over large areas.
  • 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

  • Operational altitude

    200 ft – 400 ft (61 m – 122 m) AGL

  • Rendered image stability

    < 1 pixel

  • Onboard archive length

    Up to 4 hours

  • MicroKestrel-L area of coverage

    2.5 km radius, 9.8 sq km at 200 ft (61m) AGL

  • Digital zoom

    Yes

  • Imagery transmission

    Control centers, mobile devices

  • MicroKestrel-S area of coverage

    300 m radius, 0.14 sq km at 200 ft (61m) AGL

  • Refresh rate

    5Hz

  • Internal processing

    Compact embedded real-time processing
    includes georegistration, stabilization, and
    mosaic stitching, with DVR-like streaming of
    stored imagery

  • Angular coverage

    180 degrees per pod

  • Viewer windows

    5 real-time plus 5 forensic on optional
    ground station

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

PERFORMANCE
  • Operational altitude

    200 ft – 400 ft (61 m – 122 m) AGL

  • Rendered image stability

    < 1 pixel

  • Onboard archive length

    Up to 4 hours

  • MicroKestrel-L area of coverage

    2.5 km radius, 9.8 sq km at 200 ft (61m) AGL

  • Digital zoom

    Yes

  • Imagery transmission

    Control centers, mobile devices

  • MicroKestrel-S area of coverage

    300 m radius, 0.14 sq km at 200 ft (61m) AGL

  • Refresh rate

    5Hz

  • Internal processing

    Compact embedded real-time processing
    includes georegistration, stabilization, and
    mosaic stitching, with DVR-like streaming of
    stored imagery

  • Angular coverage

    180 degrees per pod

  • Viewer windows

    5 real-time plus 5 forensic on optional
    ground station

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