Local Media Makes Connection between Movie and UAV with Hood Tech Vision’s Imagers

Hood River, OR, January 17, 2014 — The local Columbian newspaper of Clark County, Washington, USA, reported on the role played by the UAV in the movie Captain Phillips. Hood Tech Vision mad the imagers for that UAV.

From: Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., Hood River, Oregon
Date: January 16, 2014
Subject: Local Media Makes Connection between Movie and UAV with Hood Tech Vision’s Imagers
Contact: Dr. Andy von Flotow, Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., 541-387-2288, andy@hoodtech.com

Noting that the UAV imagers produced by Hood Tech Vision “can provide real-time video with an optical camera or an infrared night-vision system”, the Columbian newspaper (http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/dec/30/hanks-film-features-use-of-locally-made-technology/) recently reported on the role the UAV system plays in the movie Captain Phillips.

According to the report, the movie shows “a wide aerial shot…” of the UAV and its imaging system. The actual rescue featured live images provided by the Hood Tech Vision system. That enabled the Special Warfare fighters to track the kidnappers in real time.

When Hood Tech began producing 800-gm video-camera turrets in 1998, it enabled an entirely new class of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Hood Technology Vision now designs and manufactures imaging and video processing systems at the highest level of the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS): level 9. Hood Tech matches improved stabilization technology with electro-optical lenses that zoom up to 170 times. This results in a field of view of 0.3 degrees, in a package that weighs less than six kg.

Designed for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), boats, land vehicles, and stationary mounts, the reliability and utility of Hood Tech’s daylight and thermal imaging products has been demonstrated over more than 700,000 hours of use in a variety of temperatures, humidity, dust, smoke, haze, and other environmental factors (http://www.hoodtechvision.com).

Dr. Andy von Flotow founded Hood Technology in Hood River, Oregon in 1992. Along with the design and manufacture of stabilized imaging systems, Hood Tech:

Develops, tests, and manufactures launch and retrieval systems for UAVs
Operates controlled launch and quiet wind tunnel test facilities
Monitors blade vibrations in industrial turbines and jet engines, including diagnostic methods that predict possible future failures.

The Hood Tech web site is: www.hoodtech.com

Andy von Flotow
Hood Tech
3100 Cascade
Hood River, OR 97031

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