Alpha Adds Image Stabilization Technology to VTOL UAV

By Mike Ball / 27 Nov 2017
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Alpha Unmanned Systems, the manufacturer of the Alpha 800 gasoline-powered helicopter UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), has announced that it has entered into a technology partnership with Sightec, a developer of video image stabilization and object detection software.

“Sightec’s onboard processing eliminates the shakiness caused by vibration on 1, 2 and 3 axes and makes the images recorded easier to analyze than ever before. Using Sightec, we significantly reduce man-hours previously needed to detect moving objects,” said Eric Freeman, CEO of Alpha. “Flying at 1,100 meters altitude, imagery from the Alpha 800 taken over Jaén, Spain appears crystal clear. Man-hours are reduced and bandwidth requirements needed for transmission are minimized.”

Operating without a gimbal, Sightec’s image stabilization electronic solution eliminates vibrations on 1, 2 or 3 axes. Sightec’s technology helps facilitate many applications for the Alpha 800, from border surveillance to infrastructure inspection.

Roy Shmuel, CEO of Sightec, stated, “We are delighted to integrate our technology into the Alpha 800 platform. With 2.5 hours of flight time, our image stabilization system makes the image analysis work very easy and accurate. Alpha is a reliable partner with a world-class helicopter platform and we are very pleased to work together.”

Gabriel Sachor, President and CEO of Sky Sapience, a tethered drone manufacturer, commented, “the incorporation of Sightec’s technology with the Alpha 800 platform makes video imagery completely stable and makes automated analysis easier than ever. Both Alpha and Sightec provide excellent technology and it is great to harness the power of them working together.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact
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