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

Redkite is a compact wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) system that’s housed in a platform-flexible pod weighing less than 35 lbs. Despite its size, the electro-optical Redkite pod can, like larger WAMI sensors, monitor a city-sized area in near real-time, detecting and tracking multiple targets while also recording events for later analysis. Redkite’s on-board high-performance edge processor converts gigabytes of data into geo-tagged imagery in real time.
With eight hours of mission data storage, operators on the ground can download both live and recorded imagery for real-time forensic analysis.

FEATURES

The Redkite pod can be integrated onto light planes, helicopters, and medium-sized unmanned aircraft, including Group 3 UAS. As such, Redkite lends itself to a variety of military, homeland security, and public safety missions.

  • Ultra-lightweight – less than 35 lbs
  • Coverage of an area up to four kilometers (2.48 miles) in diameter
  • 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
  • Transmission of multiple unique streaming video windows to operators on the ground
  • Imagery transmitted to handheld devices
  • User-defined “watchboxes” provide automated detection alerts

MISSION SETS

Customers for the Redkite WAMI pod include both domestic and international government and commercial entities.

  • 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
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OPTIONS

Platform Compatibility

  • Fixed-wing, rotary-wing, UAS

Mounting Options

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

Datalink

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

POWERFUL WIDE-AREA MOTION IMAGERY IN
A LIGHTWEIGHT PLATFORM-FLEXIBLE POD

Redkite offers the best of both worlds: a highly effective, wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) system in a small,
ultralightweight pod that easily mounts to a variety of manned and unmanned platforms. With advanced
internal processing, RedKite is the smallest, and most power efficient
WAMI system available.
  • POD Size

    34 in L x 12.2 in W x 10.6 in H
    (87 cm x 31 cm x 27 cm)

  • Pod Weight

    < 35 lbs (16 kg)

  • Pod power

    300 W

  • Processing

    Processing embedded in payload

  • Operational altitude

    3,000 ft – 12,000 ft (1,000 – 4,000 m) AGL

  • Refresh rate

    ≥ 2 Hz

  • 100 hrs, expandable to 200 hrs

    > 4 hrs, expandable to 8 hrs

  • Area of coverage

    1 km diameter from 3,000 ft (1,000 m) AGL
    4 km diameter from 12,000 ft (4,000 m) AGL

  • Cross-cueing

    Yes

  • Transmission to mobile devices

    Yes

  • GSDS

    0.13 m at 3,000 ft (1,000 m) AGL
    0.5 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
    streaming, and full-mission storage

  • CAMERA

    > 50 Mpx

  • GCS archive length

    100 hrs, expandable to 200 hrs

PAYLOAD SIZE, WEIGHT, AND POWER
  • POD Size

    34 in L x 12.2 in W x 10.6 in H
    (87 cm x 31 cm x 27 cm)

  • Pod Weight

    < 35 lbs (16 kg)

  • Pod power

    300 W

  • Processing

    Processing embedded in payload

PERFORMANCE
  • Operational altitude

    3,000 ft – 12,000 ft (1,000 – 4,000 m) AGL

  • Refresh rate

    ≥ 2 Hz

  • 100 hrs, expandable to 200 hrs

    > 4 hrs, expandable to 8 hrs

  • Area of coverage

    1 km diameter from 3,000 ft (1,000 m) AGL
    4 km diameter from 12,000 ft (4,000 m) AGL

  • Cross-cueing

    Yes

  • Transmission to mobile devices

    Yes

  • GSDS

    0.13 m at 3,000 ft (1,000 m) AGL
    0.5 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
    streaming, and full-mission storage

  • CAMERA

    > 50 Mpx

  • GCS archive length

    100 hrs, expandable to 200 hrs

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

Client, archive server, archive storage, switch, accessories

GCS size

8U, standard rack depth

GCS weight

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

GCS power

600 W

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