Hexacopter that detects motion and breathing

Phoenix 40A

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 21, 2011 — TiaLinx, Inc., a developer of remotely controlled mini-unmanned aerial and ground vehicles integrated with mm-wave miniaturized radars, today announced the launch of the Phoenix40-A. The mini-UAV system is capable of performing dual functions as a motion detector as well as probing for breathing of a hiding person in a compound. The mini-UAV can be remotely controlled at long standoff distances from ground or an airborne asset.

The lightweight and agile mini-UAV with programmability to fly to or land at multiple waypoints has been integrated with TiaLinx’s fine beam ultra-wideband (UWB), multi-Gigahertz radio frequency (RF) sensor array. The system provides long standoff surveillance of a premise to track movement as well as to detect motionless live objects. TiaLinx’s real-time UWB RF Imaging development was sponsored by a SBIR Phase II from the Army’s PEO AMMO, PM-CCS.

Through a software-controlled interface which is integrated into a laptop or joystick controller unit, Phoenix40-A can be remotely guided from long distances to perform mission critical tasks. In addition to the programmed GPS guided multi-waypoint visits, the integrated video cameras allow for day and night landing and monitoring of a premise under surveillance for enhanced situational awareness. Capability to probe a compound at standoff keeps the operator and the Phoenix40-A out of harm’s way.

The RF Scanner is mounted on a lightweight mini-UAV and transmits wideband signals that are highly directional and can penetrate reinforced concrete wall at an extended range. In the receiver, a signal detector circuit is employed to capture the reflections from targets. Amplitude and delay information are then processed in an integrated signal processor.

“Phoenix40-A’s introduction is intended to provide another breakthrough in miniaturization of advanced life detection sensors that provide the capability to sense-through-the-wall (STTW) remotely. Like its sister product Cougar20-H that was launched last month, Phoenix40-A can also be remotely programmed to survey a compound at multiple way points. It can scan a multi-story building and provide its layout. It is also capable of scanning in-road and off-road horizontally to detect buried unexploded ordnance (UXO),” commented Dr. Fred Mohamadi, Founder and CEO of TiaLinx. “TiaLinx is constantly miniaturizing and upscaling its UWB RF imaging core competence to enable standoff sensing of a premise for enhanced situational awareness, to assist rescue operations in hard-to-reach terrains such as collapsed buildings after an earthquake, and to eradicate land mines to save lives.”

 

5 comments for “Hexacopter that detects motion and breathing

  1. 22 March 2011 at 12:17 am

    Are these developers watching all of the robot-doomsday movies to figure out what to fix? To make sure the Terminators can actually FIND their prey and not be distracted by rain, noise or moving machinery?

    “It’s to make better RESCUE TOOLS!”

    Then why are you building it with hard points for a 9mm autocannon?

    “Uhhmmm…uhhh…to uhhh…uhmmm…tooooo rescue the ammunition manufacturing industry???”

  2. Chris
    22 March 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I’d love to be the guy they test it on. I’ll be hiding in the trees with my $15.00 RF jammer.

    They’ll send it tward me, I’ll jamb the RF reciever/transmitter, then harvest it for parts. =)

  3. b3ella donnna
    23 March 2011 at 6:05 am

    I’m gonna program a robot just to kill you for posting this comment you (had to edit this word… it started with a c)

  4. first guy is right
    23 March 2011 at 6:08 pm

    As an ethical technology professional, I feel is immoral and irresponsible for engineers and scientists to work in fields that are so obviously going to be used by government and military for the suppression of dissent and personal freedoms: even, as we have already seen, those guaranteed under national constitutions. We all need to expose and shame these people out of the industry. They are selling us out.

  5. Winston Smith
    30 March 2011 at 2:14 am

    What an irresponsible use of technology. Do you ever notice that only positive points are included in the sell? ‘Wrong and right’ are not dynamic items, that change with who has the power; or who has the money. Unfortunately, there are enough that will bow down to whatever ass-hole that has either. People that cheer on such items as this invasio-copter have sold out their rights, their freedoms, their very right of free thought, for illusionary security from an enemy that does not exist.

    Congratulations, people. You just sold your souls to the devil, to protect you from evil.

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