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.
“Tethered UAS systems are becoming an increasingly valuable tool for force protection, border security, and critical infrastructure protection,” said David Ray, president of FLIR’s Government and Defense business.