Oregon-based FLIR Systems has acquired tethered drone assets and related intellectual property (IP) from Aria Insights, a Massachusetts company that ceased operations in March, FLIR announced on 2 October.
Aria, formerly CyPhy Works, developed the Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) tethered drone, which can carry a wide range of payloads, including cameras, communications gear, and environmental sensors.
Tethered drones connect to a base station or vehicle by a microfilament wire that provides communications and power. Their ability to perform long missions gives them an advantage over free-flying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in certain situations, according to FLIR.
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