A Waterloo startup’s “eye in the sky” flies into primetime TV

A Waterloo startup’s “eye in the sky” flies into primetime TV

Waterloo-based Aeryon Labs will see of one of its Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) save the day in an episode of the cops-and-crime drama FLASHPOINT.

This Ontario Network of Excellence client is enjoying global recognition for its lightweight, easy-to-use, helicopter-like Scout, which has provided a very powerful ‘eye in the sky’ for the Gulf Coast oil spill in 2010 and, more recently, a dramatic recon of a South American drug lab. It’s also being used during natural disasters and applied to commercial purposes like construction and surveying.

A close up of Aeryon Labs' Scout
A close up of Aeryon Labs’ Scout model

Features of Aeryon’s Scout include:

  • Vertical take-off powered by four horizontal propellers
  • Interchangeable payload modules (video, still photography, thermal imaging)
  • 100x greater image resolution over satellite photography
  • Video zoom can identify an human being at a distance of 2 kilometers
  • Control through a tablet-like touchscreen (the Scout simply hovers if not directed)
  • Gyro-stabilization holds the Scout steady
  • Real-time streaming of digital video to any device
  • Pre-planned flight paths
  • Operational weight of 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) and a compact size of 80 by 80 by 20 cm

Aeryon customers include a growing list of police, military and commercial organizations that need real-time aerial intelligence in a small, simple and portable system.

The Flashpoint episode featuring the Scout airs on Friday July 29, 2011 at 8pm. It can also be watched online at CTV.