Drone gets super resolution image sensor
The military has been using drones in Afghanistan and other places for a long time now most of the drones that we have heard of have been fixed wing aircraft like the Predator or Reaper drones. The military is getting ready to put a new drone into the field called the Hummingbird.
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This drone is significantly different because it is a helicopter rotorcraft that can take off and land vertically. The Hummingbird will also carry the DARPA Argus-IS sensor system that has a 1.8-gigapixel color camera. The army calls the 1.8GP sensor the "largest ever used to conduct tactical missions."
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The sensor is able to track people and vehicles from 20,000 feet above the ground and it will scan about 25 square miles at a time. The images can be downloaded in real time and sent to commanders for planning. The drone will be able to fly for up to 12 hours at a time.