Florida Flights Validate Instant Eyes FunctionalityPosted on February 16, 2012
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Cape Canaveral, FL – Instant Eyes™, a new to market, mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) developed by Florida-based L2 Aerospace (www.l2aerospace.com) and Rocket Lab Limited (www.rocketlab.co.nz) completed a major milestone last week, with successful end-to-end flights in the US. As a result, the innovative technology is now moving on to prove its viability in military applications for government agencies later this spring.
Instant Eyes™, along with its parent companies L2 Aerospace and Rocket Lab Limited, conducted the operational checkout flight of the mini UAV last week after extensive engineering test flights in New Zealand in 2011. Instant Eyes™ underwent realistic operational conditions during the flights, in preparation for operational demonstrations for NATO and U.S. Military users in March and April.
Instant Eyes™ is a hand held, rocket launched UAV designed to be used by front line troops, first responders and others that require real-time situational awareness. Rocket technology propels the UAV to approximately 2,500 feet altitude and provides high-resolution imagery, GPS and meta data within only 20 seconds of launch. Instant Eyes™ was named one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Top 100 Innovative Technologies of 2011.”
“Instant Eyes™ exceeded our expectations at this stage of its development,” said L2 Aerospace CEO and Chairman General (Ret.) Lance Lord. “Not only were the launches flawless, the immediate image transmission from the flight unit at 2,500 feet to a ROVER laptop on land were instantaneous and exceedingly clear. We look forward to demonstrating this capability further to our U.S. Government customers later this spring.”
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