Phoenix UAV can sense you breathing

Eugen Leitl eugen at
Wed Mar 23 05:56:36 PDT 2011

March 22, 2011 1:18 PM PDT

Phoenix UAV can sense you breathing

by Tim Hornyak

Up, up, and away: Phoenix40-A takes to the skies after casing a building.

(Credit: TiaLinx)

Just when you thought you might be able to outrun the Cougar20-H surveillance
robot that can detect human breathing, developer TiaLinx has launched a
flying version that can do the same.

The Phoenix40-A is a mini-UAV with six rotors that can detect motion and
breathing when searching for hidden people.

Like the Cougar20-H, it has an ultra-wideband radio frequency sensor array
and can also detect motionless live objects. It also has video cameras for
site surveillance.

Developed with U.S. Army funding, the Phoenix unmanned aerial vehicle can be
remotely controlled from ground or air with a laptop or joystick, and can fly
to multiple GPS points on its missions.

The flying robot's RF array can penetrate concrete walls from "an extended
range," according to TiaLinx, which is based in Newport Beach, Calif.

Other skills include providing the layout of a multistory building and
scanning roads for unexploded ordnance.

Skynet might dig that, but the Phoenix could also be deployed in humanitarian
missions. It could work in disasters such as earthquakes to scan for
survivors, or even find landmines in former war zones.

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