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10 Dec 15. DJI and FLIR Systems Collaborate to Develop Aerial Thermal-Imaging Technology.
DJI, the world leader in unmanned aerial vehicle technology, announced a collaboration with FLIR Systems to develop thermal-imaging technology for aerial applications.
Combining DJI’s leadership in aerial platforms and FLIR’s first-class thermal-imaging technology expands the uses of aerial systems to provide different types of sensory data essential for firefighting, agriculture, inspection and several other industrial-use cases.
“Almost every week we see new applications of our aerial technology,” said DJI Founder and CEO Frank Wang. “Adding thermal imaging as an additional sensor options for aerial platforms will open up new AND innovative uses for our users, whether it’s gaining strategic insight into how their crops are growing or more efficiently understanding the spread of fires.”
The first result from DJI and FLIR’s collaboration will be the release of the Zenmuse XT — the world’s most-powerful aerial thermal-imaging camera — in the first quarter of 2016.
The Zenmuse XT will seamlessly integrate a top-quality FLIR thermal-imager with DJI’s signature gimbal stabilization and Lightbridge video-transmission technology. Using the same gimbal mount as DJI’s Zenmuse X3, X5 and X5R cameras for filmmaking, the Zenmuse XT will be fully compatible with the DJI Inspire 1 and Matrice M100 aerial platforms.
FLIR’s market-leading thermal camera can generate images up to a resolution of 640×512.
“By creating a strategic collaboration that combines DJI’s world-leading drone technology and FLIR’s heritage in thermal imagers, we’re accelerating our growth potential in the commercial drone market,” said Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR. “It’s truly a better together opportunity, and we’re excited to help celebrate the launch of the Zenmuse XT today, the first of many products to come under the collaboration.”
DJI is a global leader in developing and manufacturing innovative drone and camera technology for commercial and recreational use. DJI was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI’s global operations currently span North America, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries; for applications in film, advertising, construction, fire fighting, farming, and many other industries.
10 Dec 15. L-3 WESCAM announced that a combined fleet of its MX™-Series electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging and targeting systems has successfully logged close to one million flight hours onboard various U.S. Department of Defense(DoD)aircraft. The 184 systems continue to actively support three key programs, with the initial turrets having been fielded in 2005. Currently, 27 of these turrets have logged over 10,000 flight hours each while requiring only minimal in-field servicing. L-3 WESCAM has delivered over 1,700 MX-Series systems to the U.S. DoD in support of a variety of different programs.
08 Dec 15. The US Army’s Night Vision Is Going Wireless. The US Army is set in 2018 to deliver brand-new night fighting abilities to the troops. Rifle-mounted thermal sights, coupled with a new set of WiFi-enabled goggles, will not only make soldiers more accurate shooters at night but provide them with the information on whether or not to use lethal force to begin with.
For decades, US troops night vision has given them the upper hand against adversaries. Troops are better able to defend themselves 24 hours a day, robbing enemy forces of the cover of th