At least when we endure environmental disasters, we have the technology to get great views. Thursday (May 13), FLIR Systems released electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) footage from the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, and from the BP oil spill. Footage.
The footage and images can be viewed at www.gs.flir.com/disaster/.
Recording the footage was the Star SAFIRE HD from the company's Pilatus PC-12, a single-engine aircraft. The available footage includes both thermal and optical images and time-lapse clips.
The eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, captured by a FLIR camera.
The Star SAFIRE HD is the world's only all-digital, all-high definition EO/IR surveillance system, according to the company. It’s used from aircraft for a variety of missions including reconnaissance, search-and-rescue and law enforcement.
The footage that was recorded off the Gulf Coast was utilized by the U.S. Coast Guard to more thoroughly evaluate the severity of the spill. FLIR began collaborating with the Coast Guard in 1984.
"This footage demonstrates FLIR's ability to aid in a variety of missions, allowing first-responders to have eyes looking into the middle of the disaster," said William A. Sundermeier, president of FLIR Government Systems. "The same technologies that are currently protecting our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are equally effective in these global disasters, by enhancing the understanding and reaction time during the most unforeseen circumstances. … Although these systems provide breathtaking daylight color images, real-world rescues and crisis response operations usually take place at night or in adverse weather conditions. We weigh this heavily when developing our technology to ensure crisp and clear images at night when EO/IR systems are most imperative."
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