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Use of a miniature infrared COTS sensor in several military applications
Author(s): Joseph Kostrzewa; William H. Meyer; William A. Terre; Stanley Laband; Gwendolyn W. Newsome
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Paper Abstract

The proliferation of small infrared cameras in high-volume commercial applications (e.g. firefighting, law-enforcement, and automotive) presents a tremendous opportunity for truly low-cost military micro-sensors. Indigo Systems Corporation's UL3 OmegaTM camera is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) thermal imager that offers ultra-small size, light weight, and low power. It employs a 164×120 microbolometer focal plane array (FPA) and is currently entering full-scale production. Furthermore, a 324×240 upgrade is in development. While aimed primarily at the commercial market, small size and low-power consumption make UL3 well-suited for other applications, including miniature unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) weapon-sights, and unattended ground sensors (UGS). This paper focuses on the key features of the UL3 family of miniature IR cameras and their utility in soldier systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 August 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4743, Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications IV, (7 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.443529
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph Kostrzewa, Indigo Systems Corp. (United States)
William H. Meyer, Indigo Systems Corp. (United States)
William A. Terre, Indigo Systems Corp. (United States)
Stanley Laband, Indigo Systems Corp. (United States)
Gwendolyn W. Newsome, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4743:
Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications IV
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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