MONROVIA, Calif., 28 Oct. 2011. AeroVironment Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) has introduced the Qube portable unmanned aircraft system (UAS)—able to be unpacked, assembled, and ready for flight in less than five minutes—for public-safety applications, including law enforcement and first response. The Qube, equipped with dual color and thermal video cameras, can transmit live video to the operator, aiding with threat assessment, situational awareness, search and rescue, and perimeter security. The Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) air vehicle can hover for up to 40 minutes, which is roughly twice the endurance of similar unmanned air vehicles (UAVs).
“Public-safety professionals have been asking for this capability for years,” says Tom Herring, AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager of unmanned aircraft systems. “They have learned about the effectiveness of our Raven, Wasp, and Puma UAS over the battlefield and want a similar capability that is tailored to their mission requirements. The Qube system targets their needs and will provide a portable aerial vantage point to help public-safety workers perform their duties more safely and effectively.”
AeroVironment invites public-safety agencies to take part in trial and evaluation program. Interested agencies can complete a request-for-information form at www.avinc.com/qube.