Honeywell has upgraded its micro air vehicle (MAV) to include a two-axis gimbal for the unmanned aerial vehicle’s Sony 10X-zoom electro-optical camera (second picture). The original MAV’s payload canister includes two fixed Sony cameras, one looking forward and one looking down.
Dan Fouts, business development manager for Honeywell, says the US Navy explosives ordnance disposal officials asked for the changes after an in-theatre test of about 20 MAVs last summer.
Without the gimballed camera, Fouts says operators would have to climb or descend the MAV to get a full picture of areas like road intersections with the fixed cameras. The backpack-able 11kg (25lb) MAV has 40min endurance, 40kt (74km/h) airspeed and a 1.5kg payload, which includes the camera and an infrared sensor.
The upgrades are available now says Honeywell, and will be standard equipment as part of a Navy sole-source contract to Honeywell for 185 MAVs. Fouts says the cost increase is minimal in part because the upgrade contains one camera rather than two.