October 6, 2012 — SkyIMD, the innovators in aerial imaging and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) solutions, announces that it has been selected to supply two SkyFusion Pak systems by the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOMM). The SkyFusion Pak aerial imaging systems will be installed on Maule Air, Inc. aircraft for use in U.S. Air Force partner nation missions during training and counter drug operations. The company has also developed a special operations manual for the missions and will be providing specially-tailored training sessions.
U.S. Southern Command is responsible for all Department of Defense security cooperation in the 45 nations and territories of Central and South America and the Caribbean Sea, an area of 16 million square miles.
“The SkyIMD mounting system makes it easy to field-deploy on dual-strut aircraft such as the Maule M7,” said Tom Bleier, vice president of business development at SkyIMD. “And it also provides a highly flexible and sustainable platform for our next-generation ISR systems.”
Small, lightweight and portable, SkyFusion Pak can be deployed quickly and installed easily in the field on multiple aerial platforms. SkyFusion Pak includes a self-contained pod with an application-specific sensor and motorized control that is ready to be mounted on wing struts or belly. The system is configured with Sony electro-optical E/O imagers and FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) sensors, to meet the needs of different applications. It also includes a touchscreen flight control laptop computer that is customized and pre-configured with comprehensive management and control software. Integrated mapping and automatic streaming video features can provide real-time actionable image data.
Key features of the SkyFusion Pak aerial imaging system include:
- Lightweight (less than 18 pounds)
- Typical installation completed in one day
- Uses common off the shelf (COTS) technology enabling advanced features at low acquisition cost
- Real-time image and video streaming via satellite, microwave or 3G network
- Automated analytics/reporting providing telemetry and geo-spatial data with 3D map overlays