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The Point and Toss unmanned aircraft system was unveiled by IATech at the 2009 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. in August. The system is designed so that a single user can independently assemble, hand launch, and recover the UAS. The main function of the Point and Toss is surveillance and reconnaissance missions, in particular, situations where the user simply wants to obtain aerial photographs of whatís ahead. With a two minute setup and launch time, the system is easy to get flying.
ASSEMBLE the wings onto fuselage using the provided wing tubes
POINT the aircraft in the desired direction of the target, and activate the heading vector lock with the handheld trigger
START the motor using the handheld launch trigger
TOSS the aircraft into the air
Each aircraft is equipped with IATechís proprietary autopilot, SmartIMU GPS/inertial suite, and embedded vision system. The standard UAS is equipped with an EO camera for daylight operations. An IR camera option is available as well. All aerial photographs are geo-referenced and stored to a secure digital card onboard the aircraft. These geo-referenced images can be overlaid using software such as FalconView or Google Earth. In addition, the system can easily be configured to transmit the images to the userís ground control station. Use of IATechís proprietary hardware and software suite allows for ultimate flexibility in system design.
Minimal Operator Training
Unlike other UASs, users don’t have to spend a week training to use a difficult-to-master flight controller. Rather, with a few minutes of instructions, a user can learn to use this UAS, making this system ideal for new or sporadic operators.