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The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems IntegrationThe Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) has purchased ING Robotic Aviation’s Responder rotary wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system. The robotic aircraft will be used for research into systems integration and specific UAV applications, as well as to increase the center’s focus on robust Arctic proven technology.

ING Robotic Aviation has sold two complete Responder vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) robotic aircraft with sensors, as well as a Ground Control System (GCS) and ancillary equipment. As well the company is providing a two-week training package.

The Responder, equipped with its stabilized, gimbal mounted camera systems, can provide real time still and video images in both visual and infrared sections of the spectrum. Mosaicking and the production of 3D imagery are readily possible. The flexibility of the system allows for future technology advancements such as integration of new sensors.

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“ACUASI knows what they are doing. They have a deep understanding of systems, payloads and applications. This is an organization that we are very interested in cooperating with, and it is an honor that they have selected Responder as their next system,” Ian Glenn, CEO and CTO of ING Robotic Aviation, told marketwire. “We are looking forward to continuing to work with them on a range of northern applications for UAVs.”

The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, RDT&E, or ACUASI, was established in December 2012 by the University of Alaska’s Board of Regents in recognition of the importance and growth of the unmanned aircraft programs established by the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, and in December 2013 the FAA announced that the University had been selected. The Pan Pacific UAS Test Range Complex reports to the ACUASI, but also includes principal partners in Oregon and Hawaii as well as 56 non-state partners located all over the US and internationally. Ranges are located in the three states as well as in Iceland, our key international partner.