Coast Guard arms entire cutter fleet with ship-launched drones

The Coast Guard’s vigorous push to equip its entire Cutter fleet with deck-mounted surveillance drones offers an interesting window into the service’s expanding mission scope – to include an increased focus upon great power threats and potential military attacks such as small boat raids, submarine missions, enemy surveillance drones and even incoming fire.

Optical Radar Wide Open

ViDAR technology is empowering maritime SAR with unprecedented capability to recover people and objects lost at sea

Inside the search and rescue base watching over WA

The crew used the life raft to survive at sea till another fishing boat could pick them up; their lives almost certainly saved by the swift intervention of the plane.

ScanEagle 3 to use ViDAR

The display of visual data captured from Insitu unmanned aircraft, as seen during a presentation Vidar operates autonomously, meaning it detects and presents items of interest without human intervention, presenting the operator with a photo-reel type clickable display.

ScanEagle UAS Offers New Capabilities

The Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle fixed-wing UAS system continues to gain new features and capabilities as its popularity increases with both military and civilian users.

Insitu’s Russell on How ViDAR System Can Help NATO Allies Identify Maritime Threats

Mark Russell, a business development executive for Euro-NATO at Boeing’s Insitu and a retired US Air Force lieutenant colonel, discusses how the company’s ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) wide-area autonomous detection system and analytics technology can help NATO allies identify maritime threats more easily by removing water from drone images during a December 2017 interview with the Defense & Aerospace Report during NATO Allied Command Transformation’s 2017 Chiefs of Transformation Conference in Norfolk, Virginia.

Drone Helps Coast Guard Intercept Drug Shipments

NBC 7’s Liberty Zabala reports from the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Stratton where crews are using new technology to fight new drug smuggling vessels in the Pacific Ocean.

ScanEagle Drone and ViDAR for Maritime Search and Rescue

Insitu’s ScanEagle platform has now close to one million flight hours. The Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) from Boeing’s wholly owned subsidiary recently completed a demonstration of its capacities to the Royal Navy as well as military and industry officials from across the globe.

Robo force to defend the UK

The British armed forces were given some serious food for thought in October, when Unmanned Warrior 2016 took place off the west coast of Scotland and Wales.

A game for drones - lessons from Unmanned Warrior

As the Royal Navy’s big exercise for unmanned systems Unmanned Warrior closes, TIM ROBINSON reviews what might be the lessons for future autonomous operations from this technology demonstration.

ViDAR impresses RAN in Christmas Island trials

A Navy team has deployed to Christmas Island to conduct further tests with the ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System, including it’s ViDAR sensor, as Sentient Vision Systems showcases the visual detection and ranging technology to the US Coast Guard.

Government Congratulates Sentient Vision Systems

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today congratulated Sentient Vision Systems on achieving 1000 global sales of their innovative vision processing system, Kestrel.

Insitu Introducing ScanEagle Maritime Surveillance Sensor, Expeditionary Launcher

Insitu’s ScanEagle small unmanned aerial vehicle will soon have two advancements to improve its performance in the maritime environment and on land – an expeditionary launching system and a new Visual Detection and Ranging (ViDAR) sensor for broad-area maritime surveillance – further opening up the potential vendor base for the Boeing subsidiary.

Unmanned naval aviation—bigger isn’t always better

The 14 February piece by James Mugg and Andrew Davies was like the curate’s egg: good in parts. Much of what they wrote about the significance of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and systems (UAS), especially about Navy’s recently announced contract for 110kg CAMCOPTER S-100 rotary wing UAS and three year logistics support, is non-controversial. They could’ve also mentioned Navy’s current trials with the Boeing Insitu 22kg ScanEagle fixed wing UAV, equipped with Melbourne’s Sentient Vision Systems ViDAR sensor, but more on that later.

Perpetual Potential

“Filling the broad gap between man-portable systems and airfield-dependent MALE platforms, tactical UAVs are an increasingly vital part of many militaries’ frontline situational awareness toolkit”

Sentient in 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement

Sentient Vision Systems an example of a small company developing technology that governments and prime contractors need.

Read the article from the Financial Review

Read about Sentient on page 9 of the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement

ViDAR Optical Radar Provides New Maritime Search Capability

“ViDAR is configured to rotate the camera around a 180-degree arc in a series of steps”

The ViDAR advantage for U.S. Coast Guard missions

“I flew with the Coast Guard for 23 years and I’m shocked at what (ViDAR) can do. Being able to spot a person in the water over a mile away is beyond impressive. I don’t say it lightly when I say it’s a game-changer.” Ron Termain, Insitu

Flying high with Kestrel

Kestrel Moving target indicator technology gets its first big break .

Sentient’s ViDAR software raises the game for search and rescue.

It’s a truism that radars detect targets and cameras identify them, but the Visual Detection And Ranging (ViDAR) software from Sentient and a combination of multiple staring wide-angle cameras and a gimballed electro-optical (EO) sensor with zoom capabilities looks set to shake that assumption.


Not an ADF unmanned aircraft, or an unmanned aircraft at all but something that can be noted here is Melbourne-based Sentient Vision Systems’ innovative ViDAR