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A rugged 65-gram IR dual FOV MAV payload
Author(s): Jeffrey M. Wisted; John D. Leighton
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Paper Abstract

This paper will present an ultra-light weight, 65 gram, dual-imaging infrared camera. The camera has been optimized for use in small micro-air vehicles, as well as other weight-sensitive applications. There are three key features of the system. First, it has no moving parts, as the calibration shutter has been removed. The technological hurdle of removing the shutter from conventional un-cooled VOx imagers was overcome by innovative software correction techniques. This shutter-less operation renders the camera significantly more rugged and allows its use in environments that were previously intolerant of such systems. Second, the assembly contains a one-piece rigid-flex board design. This adds significantly to ruggedness and assembly simplicity. Finally, the two lens/sensor assemblies incorporate sturdy, yet extremely light-weight housings. Prototype system thermal sensitivity measurements achieved less than 50 mK NETD with 10.5 mm efl/ f0.86 optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6546, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications IV, 654605 (30 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.718796
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffrey M. Wisted, Fluke Electronics Corp. (United States)
John D. Leighton, Fluke Electronics Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6546:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications IV
Daniel J. Henry, Editor(s)

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