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Article of the Month:

Drones are Heating Up: A Survey of Common Applications for Drone-based Thermal Imaging

Ed Kochanek, Director of Sales, Key Account Manager
and David Lee

FLIR Systems, Inc.

22 Overlook Drive
Woolwich, NJ 08085
Ph: 866-379-4022
Mobile: 609-932-8795

For over 30 years airborne thermal imaging systems have provided a unique perspective for a number of applications. In the past, thermal imaging systems were expensive and were limited to use with either helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft. The recent introduction of affordable, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, combined with lightweight thermal imagers has made aerial thermal imaging more affordable than ever. While the drone revolution has been underway for a number of years, the foretold expansion into commercial markets took off in earnest in the last 12 - 18 months.

This paper and presentation will discuss the many uses of thermal imaging from the air. We will discuss search and rescue, utility and building applications and how far away you can be to see someone or something. We will also discuss the latest trends and what to look for in a thermal imager when you are above your target.

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