Air Force funds pocket-sized drone for surveilling tight spaces

Posted: September 17, 2014 in Uncategorized
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The Extreme Access System for Entry (EASE) is a small UAS created by CyPhy Works, Inc. This test was conducted at the McKenna MOUT Site at Ft. Benning, GA.

The US Air Force has awarded a contract to CyPhy Works, a Danvers, Massachusetts-based startup led by CEO (and iRobot co-founder) Helen Greiner. CyPhy will design and deliver a pocket-sized drone for use in search and rescue operations in collapsed buildings, tunnels, and other confined spaces and steep grades that may be difficult for crawling robots to negotiate.

The initial targeted users of the Pocket Flyer are Air Force Pararescuemen, Special Forces units, and Federal Emergency Management Agency teams. But the company sees a much larger market long-term. “Just like a camera, the best drone is the one you have with you,” Greiner said in a prepared statement on the contract. “The market potential is one for every soldier, marine, police officer, SWAT team member, and many other jobs that expose people to danger.”

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/09/air-force-funds-pocket-sized-drone-for-surveilling-tight-spaces/

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