Flight Landata, Inc., a 10 year-old remote sensing firm based in Lawrence, Massachusetts is assisting the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Topographic Engineering Center (TEC) with the development of technology that has proven to be of significant value detecting IEDs – Improvised Explosive Devices, and suspected insurgent activities in both urban and rural areas. The BuckEye system has recently been deployed in Iraq where soldiers have been using it to produce outstanding situational awareness under the most difficult conditions. As a result of the success with the BuckEye, Flight Landata was recently awarded a contract providing ERDC/TEC with authority to purchase up to $10 million of Flight Landata’s camera systems over the next 5 years.
The BuckEye is the next generation of Flight Landata’s patented remote
sensing digital camera system technology. It incorporates the latest in digital cameras with GPS, inertial measurement units, CPU and software to produce a lightweight, highly portable camera system. The BuckEye system
produces very high-resolution imagery that can be used to rapidly produce digital orthophoto mosaics in the field. The system is platform independent
having been used on both fixed wing and rotary aircraft. Due to its ultracompact design and lightweight it is ideally suited for use in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The imagery produced by the BuckEye is not only useful in detecting IEDs, but also for improving situational awareness. BuckEye imagery is being incorporated into the Urban Tactical Planner (UTP), also designed by ERDC/TEC, giving soldiers an even better system to help with battlefield awareness. The UTP is a digital representation of the urban environment. It is a product for mission and tactical planning, and urban fighting.