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The trials (and tribulations) of light-weight UAV optical system design
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Paper Abstract

Increasing demands for thermal imaging systems on unmanned aerial vehicles have led to a concentrated effort in the design and development of light weight infrared optical systems. Pre-engineered or commercially available infrared lens assemblies are typically unsuitable for such low mass and volume constrained applications. This paper will focus on the challenging aspects and design considerations employed to minimize the weight of the refractive elements as well as the associated opto-mechanical support housings. In particular, consideration will be directed towards the hurdles associated with the manufacture of systems intended to operate in this unique branch of surveillance optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6542, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIII, 654227 (14 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.719606
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Troy A. Palmer, StingRay Optics, LLC (United States)
Christopher C. Alexay, StingRay Optics, LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6542:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIII
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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