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A 5.5 megapixel high-performance low-light military video camera
Author(s): Gerald B. Heim; Brian Biesterfeld; Jon Burkepile; Wayne W. Frame; Tyson Harding; Joshua Harris; Steve Merschel; Ryan Mork; Jordan Shimonek; Phillips Smith; Minming Wu
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Paper Abstract

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has combined the results of recent advances in CMOS imaging sensor, signal processing and embedded computing technologies to produce a new high performance military video camera. In this paper we present the design features and performance characteristics of this new, large format camera which was developed for use in military airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), targeting and pilotage applications. This camera utilizes a high sensitivity CMOS detector array with low read noise, low dark current and large well capacity to provide high quality image data under low-light and high intra-scene dynamic range illumination conditions. The camera utilizes sensor control electronics and an advanced digital video processing chain to maximize the quality and utility of the digital images produced by the CMOS device. Key features of this camera include: rugged, small physical size, wide operating temperature range, low operating power, high frame rate and automatic gain control for all-light-level applications. This camera also features a novel pixel decimation filter to provide custom image sizes and video output formats.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7307, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications VI, 730703 (28 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818216
Show Author Affiliations
Gerald B. Heim, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Brian Biesterfeld, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Jon Burkepile, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Wayne W. Frame, Consultant (United States)
Tyson Harding, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Joshua Harris, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Steve Merschel, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Ryan Mork, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Jordan Shimonek, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Phillips Smith, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Minming Wu, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7307:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications VI
Daniel J. Henry, Editor(s)

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