Hexacopter that detects motion and breathing


Verified Military
Jun 2, 2008
This is interesting and I see a future in SAR or Border Patrol operations, as well as military operations.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 21, 2011 - TiaLinx, Inc., a developer of
remotely controlled mini-unmanned aerial and ground vehicles integrated
with mm-wave miniaturized radars, today announced the launch of the
Phoenix40-A. The mini-UAV system is capable of performing dual functions
as a motion detector as well as probing for breathing of a hiding person
in a compound. The mini-UAV can be remotely controlled at long standoff
distances from ground or an airborne asset.

The lightweight and agile mini-UAV with programmability to fly to or
land at multiple waypoints has been integrated with TiaLinx's fine beam
ultra-wideband (UWB), multi-Gigahertz radio frequency (RF) sensor array.
The system provides long standoff surveillance of a premise to track
movement as well as to detect motionless live objects. TiaLinx's
real-time UWB RF Imaging development was sponsored by a SBIR Phase II
from the Army's PEO AMMO, PM-CCS.

Through a software-controlled interface which is integrated into a
laptop or joystick controller unit, Phoenix40-A can be remotely guided
from long distances to perform mission critical tasks. In addition to
the programmed GPS guided multi-waypoint visits, the integrated video
cameras allow for day and night landing and monitoring of a premise
under surveillance for enhanced situational awareness. Capability to
probe a compound at standoff keeps the operator and the Phoenix40-A out
of harm's way.

The RF Scanner is mounted on a lightweight mini-UAV and transmits
wideband signals that are highly directional and can penetrate
reinforced concrete wall at an extended range. In the receiver, a signal
detector circuit is employed to capture the reflections from targets.
Amplitude and delay information are then processed in an integrated
signal processor.

"Phoenix40-A's introduction is intended to provide another breakthrough
in miniaturization of advanced life detection sensors that provide the
capability to sense-through-the-wall (STTW) remotely. Like its sister
product Cougar20-H that was launched last month, Phoenix40-A can also be
remotely programmed to survey a compound at multiple way points. It can
scan a multi-story building and provide its layout. It is also capable
of scanning in-road and off-road horizontally to detect buried
unexploded ordnance (UXO)," commented Dr. Fred Mohamadi, Founder and CEO
of TiaLinx. "TiaLinx is constantly miniaturizing and upscaling its UWB
RF imaging core competence to enable standoff sensing of a premise for
enhanced situational awareness, to assist rescue operations in
hard-to-reach terrains such as collapsed buildings after an earthquake,
and to eradicate land mines to save lives."


The technology coming in the next 25 years will be both astounding and frightening. Eventually, there will be no escape - from anything. And this technology will also be in the hands of oppressive regimes around the world. Better hope we never end up with one. Not to mention drug cartels will also acquire this technology with the billions and use it for counter- surveillance and recon to help open routes and clear areas. One should not underestimate their drive to gain more and more technology.
Looks like a dalek with wings. Pretty interesting though given the southern border issues the US has.