A multi-sensor, remote-controlled mini-helicopter capable of multi-detection functions has been launched by TiaLinx Inc. of California.
The Phoenix50-H mini-unmanned aerial vehicle can be programmed to fly and land at multiple waypoints and has been integrated with TiaLinx’s fine beam ultra-wideband, multi-gigahertz radio frequency sensor array.
An onboard microphone and video camera augment the sensor capability of the Phoenix50-H, the company said.
TiaLinx’s advanced real-time and lightweight UWB RF imaging system was an essential step in the development of Phoenix50-H to operate at high elevations for prolonged missions, it said. The transmitted power of the UWB signal is less than a typical cellphone.
TiaLinx said that through a software-controlled interface, integrated into a laptop or joystick controller unit, Phoenix50-H can be remotely guided from extended distances to perform mission-critical tasks.
“Users’ feedback from our past evaluations indicates that a remotely controlled system at an extended range from an operator point of view is essential for safety and completion of a critical mission,” said Fred Mohamadi, founder and chief executive officer of TiaLinx.
“Phoenix50-H’s introduction is intended to provide another breakthrough in miniaturization of advanced life detection sensors in compounds and to keep the operators at least few hundred feet away.
“Combined operations of Phoenix50-H and its sister product, Cougar20-H, enable scans of a multistory building from air and land remotely,” he said.