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Applications For A Small Format Airborne Recorder
Author(s): Thomas W. Augustyn
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Paper Abstract

As the reconnaissance community transitions from film to near real time electro-optics, one obstacle has been the data rate limitations of complementary hardware. A modern linear array sensor can easily produce more bits of imaging data than data links, recorders or hard copy devices can handle. This problem is compounded by TDI and staring arrays with still higher pixel counts. While array and sensor manufacturers continue to strive for resolution equivalent to film, the manufacturers of the complementary hardware are also addressing the steps necessary for this transition. However, this task is made even more difficult due to volumetric constraints and cost concerns. This paper describes a small format recorder (less than 19mm) based on Super VHS or S-VHS technology. Rather than being a modified commercial unit, the Super SVCR V-301-A has been designed specifically for the severe environment encountered in airborne applications. Details of the recorder's development are presented, and engineering confidence and environmental testing are also summarized. Current and future growth applications, especially those relating to reconnaissance, are also provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1990
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1156, Airborne Reconnaissance XIII, (1 February 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.962489
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Thomas W. Augustyn, NACOUS, INC. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1156:
Airborne Reconnaissance XIII
Paul A. Henkel; Francis R. LaGesse; Wayne W. Schurter, Editor(s)

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