Knowledge Services

Platforms

The Textron Systems Civil & Commercial team works with customers to define requirements and recommend an affordable, comprehensive program. It starts with the right platform with which to acquire sensor data.

As a part of the larger Textron enterprise, the company has access to some of the most renowned aviation brands in the world, including Cessna, Beechcraft, Bell Helicopter and Lycoming Engines.

Small Aircraft
Fixed-Wing UAS
VTOL UAS
Helicopters
Small Aircraft
  • Manned fixed-wing platforms offer affordable, time-efficient coverage of vast areas. Enterprise partner Textron Aviation enables Textron Systems Civil & Commercial to access Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft for use around the world.

    • Dependable, efficient performance
    • Variety of speed, range, capacity and payload capabilities
    • Access to more than 100 pilot and service centers around the world
Fixed-Wing UAS
  • Fixed-wing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are well suited to persistent flight over long expanses that might be too dangerous for manned aircraft. Textron Systems has been at the forefront of U.S. unmanned aircraft systems development, and its platforms are proven over more than one million flight hours.

    • Benchmark-setting reliability
    • Capable in a variety of challenging environments
    • Multi-payload capability
  • The Aerosonde™ Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) has made history with transoceanic and hurricane-hunting flights. Today’s system is a reliable workhorse in some of the world’s most challenging environments.

    • Land- and sea-based operations
    • Carries multiple payloads in a single flight
    • Flies thousands of hours monthly around the globe
VTOL UAS
  • Vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) allow detailed inspection of extremely tall structures for which use of manned aircraft would be inefficient or dangerous. Textron Systems can offer multiple system sizes based on customer requirements.

    • Smaller UAS suited for shorter structures and less time-consuming applications
    • Longer-range UAS suited for more rigorous applications
    • Runway-independent operation for space-constrained operation
  • The Aerosonde™ HQ Small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) is an innovative system that operates with no prepositioned launch or landing equipment, and transitions to horizontal flight.

    • Ideal for longer-range applications
    • Small equipment footprint
    • Operates in confined areas
  • Small vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), frequently termed quadrotors, offer the most compact of footprints and easy operation with minimal training.

    • Compact and lightweight
    • Capable of vertical inspection using “hover and stare”
    • Easy to use
Helicopters
  • Helicopters are able to carry a great deal of payload, making them capable of handling the most rigorous vertical inspection, survey and mapping applications. Fellow Textron business Bell Helicopter provides some of the world’s most capable platforms.

    • Highly reliable
    • Variety of speed, range and performance capabilities
    • Global service and support

Sensors

The team then selects the sensor or sensors best suited to the customer’s data requirements, creating a flow of useful information to the customer at all stages of the mission. Experts work with the customer every step of the way to ensure smooth, safe and successful flights and optimal sensor data capture.

Full-Motion Video
Thermal Imagery
Visual Imagery
LIDAR
Multispectral
Wide-Area Mapping and Monitoring
Fugitive Emissions
Full-Motion Video
  • Many customers benefit from the continuous flow of full-motion video, which can be broadcast to decision makers for situational awareness. This sensor application is ideal for security and disaster response.

    • Comprehensive operational view
    • Real-time flow of information
    • High-definition capability
Thermal Imagery
  • Thermal imaging is a low-light method used to gather clear, actionable night vision video and photos. This sensor application is ideal for security and disaster response. It can also measure absolute and relative temperature for agriculture applications.

    • Nighttime situational awareness
    • Comprehensive operational view
    • Real-time flow of information
Visual Imagery
  • High-resolution still imagery captures critical detail for decision making, as well as continued evaluation of the operational area over time.

    • Ultra-high resolution
    • Geo-location of imagery
    • Ability to track location over time
LIDAR
  • LIDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, uses pulsed laser light to measure and generate 3-D information about the earth’s physical characteristics. This sensor application is used to generate high-resolution maps and is ideal for disaster response.

    • Gives three-dimensional information on the area under survey, both shape and surface characteristics
    • Used to map natural and manmade structures with precision
    • Ability to track location over time
Multispectral
  • Multi-spectral imagery is captured at specific frequencies across the electromagnetic spectrum, including frequencies beyond the visible light range. This sensor application is ideal for the agriculture industry.

    • Color-banded images denote levels of differentiation based on selected criteria
    • Geo-location of imagery
    • Ability to index and track specific locations over time
Wide-Area Mapping and Monitoring
  • Wide-area sensors allow the highest-possible fidelity in the largest field of view. This sensor application is ideal for disaster mitigation and response, infrastructure protection, mapping and environmental applications.

    • Vast field of view
    • Compare and contrast visible features of the terrain or infrastructure under survey
    • Observe broader trends in the total environment
Fugitive Emissions
  • This industry-specific payload type allows precise, repeatable measurement of invisible vapors leaked unintentionally into the surrounding environment by pressurized industrial equipment, or as a byproduct of energy industry processes.

    • Supports regulatory compliance
    • Early warning of leaks
    • Highly precise

Data Processing

Data Processing and Transfer
Data Processing and Transfer
  • Following the flight, Textron Systems’ analysts review and post-process the large quantities of collected data.

    • Development of geospatially registered and orthorectified imagery
    • Imagery tagging of relevant information
    • Quality assurance validation to customer requirements
    • Secure delivery via the Cloud

Analysis Products

Agriculture
Disaster
Energy & Industrial
Infrastructure Security
Agriculture
    • Scheduled survey and mapping
    • Vegetative health indices
    • 3-D mapping
    • Emergency services
Disaster
    • Scheduled survey and mapping
    • Search and rescue
    • Pre- and post-disaster comparative analysis
    • Emergency services
    • 3-D modeling
Energy & Industrial
    • Site assessments
    • Reclamation surveys
    • Right-of-way inspection, mapping and encroachment analysis
    • Volumetric analysis
    • Inspection reporting
    • Leak detection and emissions sensing
Infrastructure Security
    • Perimeter survey and mapping
    • Persistent surveillance