Sentient launches Kestrel Maritime at AUVSI 2010
- Kestrel Maritime takes Maritime Domain Awareness to the next level
Kestrel Maritime automatically detects and tracks objects on the surface of the ocean below an aerial vehicle. It assists ISR operators by processing and exploiting EO/IR imagery in real-time, locating objects too small for fatigued human eyes to detect. The solution complements radar by detecting objects in littoral environments or objects with a low electronic signature.
International Military and Civilian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Survey
"The maritime environment is very challenging for aerial surveillance. The constantly changing surface of the sea makes detection and tracking of small vessels and objects very difficult for both humans and automated analysis systems," said Dr Paul Boxer, Managing Director of Sentient. "In addition, radar has its own limitations in small object detection as it is often unable to detect small boats or humans in the water."
Kestrel Maritime is capable of detecting small objects through scattered clouds and in high sea states, despite whitecaps and sun glare.
"Kestrel Maritime's ability to operate in littoral environments and to find very small targets in difficult conditions assist with counter narcotic operations close to shore, passive submarine surveillance, illegal littoral operations and search and rescue missions," stated Boxer.
Kestrel Maritime has been successfully tested in a maritime surveillance role on the P-3 Orion and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) such as the Insitu ScanEagle.
Kestrel Maritime has the potential to significantly enhance Maritime Patrol Operations. In one possible Concept of Operations, Kestrel Maritime processes real-time imagery on board the UAV, and thus enables multiple Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) to operate over the horizon (OTH).
"This application overcomes the bandwidth constraints for SUAS operating over the horizon, giving manufacturers of smaller UAS the ability to compete with alternative forms of Maritime Patrol," Boxer said.
Kestrel Maritime will be available for order in November 2010.
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Source : Sentient Vision Systems