BlackKite Pod - Platform-Flexible Infrared ISR System

April 21, 2021
The BlackKite Pod provides real time, infrared wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) in a platform-flexible pod weighting less than 38 lbs.

The platform-flexible BlackKite monitors a city-sized area in real-time, simultaneously detecting and tracking multiple, geographically dispersed targets while also recording events for later analysis. While in the air, BlackKite processes and stores up to eight hours of geo-tagged WAMI imagery. Operators can quickly access live or recorded data—establishing connections and relationships between persons of interest that would not otherwise be detected.

BlackKite’s features include:

•    Ultra-lightweight – less than 38 lbs

•    Coverage of an area up to 12 square kilometers

•    Resolution optimized to track vehicles and detect moving dismounts

•    Onboard storage of up to 8 hours of mission data

•    Advanced data processing

•    Streaming video windows to support multiple operators at once

•    Imagery can be transmitted to handheld devices

•    User-defined “watchboxes” provide automated detection alerts

Mission sets include:

•    Force protection

•    Tactical-level persistent surveillance

•    Route reconnaissance and overwatch

•    Border security

•    Aerial patrol

•    Suspect tracking

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