Aeryon Labs of Waterloo, Canada has revealed that it’s given one of its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Libyan rebels to help them collect intelligence from afar.
The “Aeryon Scout Micro UAV” weighs just three pounds and can be packed into a suitcase or backpack. The system is controlled via a simple touchscreen map interface, too—whoever’s piloting the UAV can basically touch a point on the map and the Scout will fly to that location.
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Per Aeryon’s press release:
The Aeryon Scout is a small, easy-to-fly man-packable flying robotic reconnaissance system design for operation in real-world, harsh conditions. It weighs just 3 pounds, packs into a suitcase or a backpack and can be quickly and easily deployed and operated by soldiers in the field. Instead of using joysticks, the Scout uses a map-based, touch-screen interface that allows new users to pilot the system in just minutes. The Scout essentially flies itself allowing the operator to focus on acquiring imagery.
The Scout can take off vertically and is equipped with day- and night-vision cameras, with captured imagery stamped with date, time and location coordinates. Cool stuff. Check out the above video for more.