Airborne Innovations supported World View Enterprises in sending a KFC Zinger Burger into near space attached to a World View stratospheric balloon with payload pod.

Airborne Innovations consulted and provided hardware for a multiple camera long range wireless HD video system based on our COTS modules including multiple simultaneous HD camera feeds, using multiple Picoraptor HD encoders with Blackmagic micro cinema cameras, our miniature ethernet switch module, a Picoradio, and an 8W bidirectional RF amplifier. World View provided flight hardware and a tracking antenna for the base station. The system included the capability for RTP / RTP multicast broadcast, monitoring from multiple base stations, and bidirectional control including camera and encoder settings, payload control, and telemetry. The customer was able to transmit 4 simultaneous HD camera feeds at 24+ miles in testing (with longer range capability in flight).

More details and video is at:
Hilarous KFC announcement with actor Rob Lowe as Colonel Sanders

KFC Recap and flight video

Worldview mini documentary

The story leaks!

Official website https://yesweareactuallysendingachickensandwichto.space/

or http://kfcin.space


Tucson Weekly:  Chicken Flies, Comes Back Down

Space.com: KFC Flying Chicken Sandwich Bankrolling World View Balloon Test Flight

We will be exhibiting our Picoradio OEM module, Picocamera, and Picoraptor HDMI 1080p encoder in San Jose at the Commercial UAV Expo, at our booth #521, Nov 15-16 2016. We are partnering with Microhard Systems in the adjacent booth, showcasing our powerful and compact Picoradio OEM board featuring the Microhard pDDL radio module.

We have two demo aircraft set up:
Aircraft#1 is our flight test multicopter with a dual simultaneous camera system, with a gimbaled HDMI camera connected to our 40x40mm Picoraptor 1080P HD video encoder, and a second simultaneous camera channel, our 720P global shutter Picocamera, both connected to our 40x40mm Picoradio OEM board along with our SBUS module.  

Aircraft#2 is a heavy lifter multicopter from partner Aerial Technology Inc (ATI), with our Raptor4K 20x 3840×2160 @30fps zoom camera live 4K transmission payload configured side by side on a gimbal with a FLIR 640×512 Vue LWIR thermal camera connected to our Picoraptor HD encoder (using 720P HDMI), Picoradio, and SBUS modules and for a dual simultaneous camera Search and Rescue payload configuration.

The flexible system as configured features long range dual channel HD video, autopilot command and control (connected in both these cases to a Pixhawk avionics), and also demonstrates SBUS control over our tiny but capable long range 5 mile+ Picoradio module.  The system provides multi-channel HD video, command and control, and manual piloting/gimbal control over a single frequency link.

We will be exhibiting our Picoradio OEM module, Picocamera, and Picoraptor HDMI 1080p encoder in Las Vegas at the Commercial UAV Expo, in Microhard’s booth #330, Oct 31-Nov 2.

We have a demo aircraft set up with a dual simultaneous camera system, with a gimbaled HDMI camera connected to our 40x40mm Picoraptor 1080P HD video encoder, and a second simultaneous camera channel, our 720P global shutter Picocamera, both connected to our 40x40mm Picoradio OEM board along with our SBUS module.  The flexible system as configured features long range dual channel HD video, autopilot command and control (connected in this case to a Pixhawk avionics), and also demonstrates SBUS control over our tiny but capable long range 5 mile+ Picoradio module.  The system provides multi-channel HD video, command and control, and manual piloting/gimbal control over a single frequency link.

Visit us in Las Vegas at Interdrone 2016, booth 709A.

We are now accepting preorders for the Picoradio OEM module.
For more information please see the product page at:


Announcing our new Picoradio OEM board.

We are excited to present our latest miniature OEM product, the Picoradio board. Based on the new Microhard pDDL, the board is a full-featured picominiature advanced datalink module geared at miniature long range vehicle applications.


Airborne Innovations’ Picoradio module

Here are some of the highlights:

  • 1W COFDM RF output  (typical range with very basic antennas is 5 miles)
  • Dual diversity / dual antenna ports
  • Dual ethernet ports
  • Transparent serial port (switchable RS232/3.3V TTL), Pixhawk compatible pinout
  • Wide input range (8-58V input at full output power)
  • Auxiliary power output, 12V@2A typical, more possible
  • Power over ethernet possible (separate power and data lines)
  • Sophisticated bandwidth modes up to 25 Mbps
  • 2.4 GHz version initially available, to be followed by 900 MHz, 1.3 GHz, 2.3 GHz versions in the future
  • nDDL compatibility mode / pDDL advanced mode
  • Mesh networking features under development
  • Size: 40x40x10mm
  • Weight: 17.6 grams


Join us in New Orleans at booth#945!

RaptorEye III, our Airborne Inspection Payload, our new tiny Picoradio OEM board, global shutter microcamera, and Picoraptor will all be on display, among others.

Visit us at the Commercial Drone Expo, October 6-7, Las Vegas NV, Caesar’s Palace, with partner Uniforce, booth #204




Lead Electrical / DSP Engineer
Location: Denver CO

Job Description:  Designs, implements, bringup/debug FPGA/DSP embedded hardware for video processing applications.

See our Careers page for more details.

Cloud Cap has integrated the Microraptor into the PCC Lite Tablet user interface.

Here is a demo video on their multicopter platform:

One of our partners, UASUSA, provided this video from their Tempest UAV, recorded live on the ground at a range of 5 miles from the base station with a modest antenna setup using our MicroraptorHD 2.4 GHz COFDM system and the new Airborne Innovations AGS720p Global Shutter Microcamera.

The advantage of this camera is that each frame is a full frame snapshot, so there are no ‘jello’ rolling shutter artifacts like you may have seen with some cameras (with rolling shutter cameras the image is exposed as it is read out of the camera from top to bottom, so any camera motion produces warping artifacts).  The camera has an M12 lens mount and is very compact and light weight (0.6 x 0.8″).

Be sure and view at 720p quality (youtube has degraded the video from the original quality, which was recorded at 720p at 60fps).


One of our employees, Brad Grissom, has used our low cost HD video unit to create a live streaming HD video system for underwater hockey tournaments- take a look at his entertaining video below or here! Be sure to enable HD when watching!

We now have a demo video up describing the MicroraptorHD and some interface options, with a quick video capture.

This video describes the operation of the MicroraptorHD wireless high definition video link. A quick wireless demo of the system and the realtime RaptorviewHD software with a Sony FCB-H11 HD block camera is also shown.

The system has flexible interfaces for high definition, standard definition, Sony HD block camera (digital or analog), with an HDMI input interface available soon. The system can also be used as a bidirectional datalink, passing IP ethernet data or serial passthrough data. An integrated Microhard NanoDDL or nVIP2400 radio can be used, or the system can be used with any external ethernet based datalink or wired installation. Interfaces include dual digital video ports, ethernet, a total of 5 RS232 interfaces (2 externalized, 2 on camera ports, and one on an internal connector), CAN bus, USB, and a wide input power supply.

For more information see http://airborneinnovations.com.

Be sure to enable HD mode when playing back the video.

Airborne Innovations now offers a low cost video compression board option, which is primarily designed for DIY use.

Please see the product page at: Low cost DIY wireless HD video link

While not as fully featured, highly integrated, or flexible as the MicroraptorHD, it can do the following:
H.264 video compression, 1080i / 720p / 480i

When paired in one of the below development kits with a high power Wifi radio, it can transmit wireless HD/SD video.

High definition analog component video compression of 720p / 1080i video
or, with an add-on video interface module, standard definition analog video compression (composite or S-Video supported).

With the radio package we have a complete solution capable of medium range wireless HD transmission.

Or you can purchase the compression board alone to use with your own wired/wireless system.

Versions of the kit are available with component HD input, composite SD input, or with a small 1080p capable CMOS board camera.

Board dimensions: 3.1″x2.6″
Weight: 50g
Power input: Compression board: 5V @ 2W
Radio: 12V @ 6W, 2.4 GHz Wifi compatible, 1W output
Radio weight: 25 grams

Groundstation radio: 15-24V @ 6W, 1W RF output

The radio kits include antennas.

MicroraptorHD, the World’s Smallest Multi-Camera High Definition Video + Command and Control Link

Very compact multiple camera 1080p video link and bidirectional datalink for micro unmanned vehicles.

The system weighs as little as 50 grams including a high performance radio.

Airborne Innovations’ MicroraptorHD is a very compact high definition video link designed for the smallest

unmanned vehicles. It combines a dual camera interface, a bidirectional digitial video and command and control

link which can be used as a primary or backup vehicle datalink, and high performance H.264 video compression up

to a full 1920×1080 resolution at 30 frames per second.

MicroraptorHD is an enabling technology for high definition video transmission from some of the smallest micro

air vehicles.  Larger vehicles can benefit from the minimal size, weight, and power requirements.

The multiple camera interface allows systems such as daytime+infrared camera combinations to be connected.

Multiple combinations of imager interfaces are supported, from micro HD camera modules as small as 10mmx10mm, to

analog HD/SD and camera specific digital video interfaces.

Communications interfaces include ethernet, serial, and CAN bus. Camera gimbals can be directly connected to the

system for SD+HD video transmission as well as command and control of the gimbal.

A microSD storage card enables high quality video and metadata recording on board. The COFDM radio RF power

output is 1 Watt, with 1-6 GHz radio options available. Dimensions are 116x45x20mm (4.56×1.77×0.78″) with enclosure,

114x43x15mm (4.48×1.69×0.59″) bare board with radio, or 114x43x5mm  for the bare board.

The weight is 50 grams unhoused, or 23 grams for the bare board.

See the system at AUVSI 2012 Las Vegas, August 6-9, booth #4136.

Airborne Innovations

13701 W Jewell Ave Suite 206

Lakewood CO 80228



We now have RaptorEye / RaptorEye II support for multichannel video recording directly to the Cloud Cap Viewpoint data format, and for capturing high dynamic range infrared data from the FLIR Tau 640 infrared camera.

We now offer fast SATA solid state drive storage options integrated with the RaptorEye II, currently available in 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB variants (a 1 Terabyte option is coming soon).
In this configuration write speeds are up to 150 megabytes / second.
This configuration adds about 11mm to the case thickness, with a total weight of 420g or less.

Contact us for more information.

The RaptorEye / RaptorEye II systems now support acquisition from Resonon Hyperspectral cameras.
We now also offer systems with large and fast solid state drives (SSD’s), currently up to 512GB in size. This adds about 11mm thickness to the RaptorEye II case for a total system weight of about 420 grams or less.

As a standalone metadata source one ready to go option is the Microbotics MIDG II GPS/INS.

Please contact us for more information.

Airborne Innovations’ RaptorEye II Ultra Compact Aerial Imaging Payload

Enables Digital Imaging for Small UAVs

Hood River, OR, August 6, 2009 – Airborne Innovations LLC will introduce the RaptorEye II Ultra Compact Aerial Imaging Payload at the AUVSI 2009 show in Washington DC, August 10-13, Booth#573.

The system integrates a high performance / low power Intel Atom processor, high speed Expresscard interface for large capacity storage (currently available up to 128GB), and an optional one watt broadband radio link for image and metadata transmission, in a very small form factor. It provides small UAVs and manned aircraft with a compact rapid imaging solution supporting multiple digital cameras.

“The new RaptorEye II will allow smaller classes of unmanned aircraft to carry high performance large format cameras up to 16 megapixels,” said Jon Becker, President of Airborne Innovations. “Multiple digital and analog cameras can be connected to a single RaptorEye II for rapid imaging applications, with imagery transmitted over an integrated broadband datalink or via satcomm systems like Iridium. This is the first compact and powerful solution available which can for example support multiple digital imagers in a gimbaled day/night camera system.”

RaptorEye II is an aerial imaging system designed for high performance, small size, and low power consumption, with configurations as small as 1.2”x3.1”x5.9” (30x79x150mm). It is designed to accept multiple digital and analog cameras, and can store large amounts of image data and transmit it via the onboard or external datalinks.

The system is also suitable as a general purpose high performance small form factor x86 based payload computer for high performance processing and image transmission, for applications such as multispectral imaging, synthetic aperture radar (SAR), and other uses.

In addition it contains multiple interfaces for payload integration, including dual Gigabit Ethernet,dual analog video inputs, RS232 x 2, USB2 x 4, CAN Bus, GPIO, and 12V regulated power output for payloads, along with internal SATA expansion for more high speed large capacity storage. Interfacing Firewire and Cameralink based sensors is also possible.

Airborne Innovations, founded in 2004, is a provider of advanced aerial imaging systems and other UAV payloads and software services. Jon Becker, the founder, has 17 years of experience in UAV hardware and software systems. Customer successes include Idaho National Laboratory’s Rapid Airfield Damage Assessment System implemented for the Air Force Research Laboratory using the RaptorEye in 2008, and over the horizon imaging missions with the Aerosonde UAV in 2006.

For more information, stop by AUVSI 2009 Booth #573, and visit the RaptorEye II Product page at www.airborneinnovations.com

NASA post mentioning the sensor, used on the SIERRA UAV:


CASIE (Characterization of Arctic Sea Ice Experiment) main project page is at:


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