AVIATION & AEROSPACE WHITE PAPERS AND CASE STUDIES

Validating Thermal Protection Before A Space-Shot Launch
Validating Thermal Protection Before A Space-Shot Launch
Neil Tewksbury and his team at the University of Southern California Rocket Propulsion Lab want to blast a rocket into space. As part of an unofficial space race among international universities, Tewksbury and his team don’t just want to be the first team to successfully launch; they want to reach an altitude of 100 km (330,000 ft) above sea level with a rocket made up completely of components that they manufacture themselves. They only...  Continue Reading..
FLIR
FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras Monitor Stress Levels Of Helicopter Pilots
Flying a helicopter is a stressful activity. Pilots have a high workload and are constantly under pressure. Italian helicopter manufacturer Leonardo wanted a reliable and objective way to measure the stress that pilots experience, so they would be able to design more functional cockpits and train helicopter pilots more efficiently. The company brought in high-end thermal cameras from FLIR to monitor pilots during flight simulations and...  Continue Reading..
Optical Components for SWIR Imaging
Optical Components For SWIR Imaging
This application note provides information on the benefits of SWIR imaging in harsh or low-light level conditions, and PG&O's capabilities in manufacturing optical components for SWIR imaging.  Continue Reading..
Virtual Engineering Lab Using Photron High-Speed Cameras For Aviation Research
Virtual Engineering Lab Using Photron High-Speed Cameras For Aviation Research
Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) is using high-speed digital cameras, manufactured by Photron, in their Virtual Engineering Laboratory in a variety of testing modes such as high-impact dynamic events.  Continue Reading..
OEMcore
Radiometric Temperature Measurements: Surface Characteristics And Atmospheric Compensation
Radiometric temperature measurements are made with radiometric thermal cameras. This white paper discusses this non-contact, non-destructive technique (NDT) that offers advantages for many surface temperature measurement applications, as well as unmanned aerial systems (UAS).  Continue Reading..
middle of the funnel, cameras/imaging, aviation/aerospace, security/surveillance, thermal cameras
Development Of A 3D Thermal Image Camera System To Perform Analyses From The Air
In response to the need for recording 3D thermal images, a team at a university in Germany developed a thermal imaging/RGB system capable of delivering 3D imagery by overlapping pictures from four digital and four FLIR A65sc cameras with 25° fields of view.  Continue Reading..
Advanced-Absorber Microbolometer Superstructure
Advanced-Absorber Microbolometer Superstructure: Patented Sensor Technology Revealed
The most significant development in the production of infrared sensors and their ability to affect improvements to SWaP-C requirements comes from the introduction of uncooled focal plane array (FPA) designs.   Continue Reading..

AVIATION & AEROSPACE PRODUCTS

Ophir Optics group develops and delivers a wide range of IR complex lens assemblies with fixed, motorized focus, and zoom lenses to support UAV MWIR and LWIR imaging. These optics are designed to optimize the specific size, weight and power (SWAP) constraints of the UAV payload platforms for military, security and emerging UAV applications.

BaySpec’s OCI-M is a multispectral imager designed for aerial imaging in precision agriculture, remote sensing, security, material detection, and geological survey. The aerial imager has 8 selective bands covering the range from 400-1000 nm.

DSI is capable of producing a variety of durable, reliable, and heat resistant optical coatings within the ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared, shortwave infrared, mid-wave infrared, and long-wave infrared spectral wavelengths. Along with standard products, DSI is able to work in close collaboration with customers in order to develop innovative coatings that meet specific requirements within real-world applications.

Princeton Infrared Technologies offers the 1280SCICAM lattice-matched InGaAs camera designed for excellent SWIR and visible imaging 1280 x 1024 resolution at high frame rates greater than 95 fps at full frame size. The small pitch array at 12 μm, combined with the high quantum efficiency of the lattice-matched InGaAs arrays enables excellent imaging in the SWIR and visible band.

The GEM III is a multifunctional night vision device with a wide variety of configurations for an array of cameras, camcorders, lenses, and scopes for covert surveillance operations. This device is capable of true night vision in the world of still and full-motion digital image capture, and is able to change between configurations in a short amount of time without the use of tools.

The LDB/LSB Series from Sensors Unlimited generally is used for monitoring optical performance of S, C, & L band channels in DWDM networks, and for agricultural sorting, biomedical analysis, thermal imaging, and industrial process control.

FLIR's A655sc infrared cameras offer ultra-sharp 640 x 480 image resolution, high-speed windowing for an increased output frame rate up to 200 Hz, Gigabit Ethernet and USB connectivity, filtering, and the best sensitivity in an uncooled sensor. 

BaySpec offers a high speed FBGA Interrogator System with an integrated light source designed to monitor multiple wavelengths that are distributed over 4 channels. These systems have a high end of life (EOL) wavelength accuracy with a high frequency response time to make precise FBG measurements at excellent wavelength resolution.

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AVIATION & AEROSPACE VIDEOS

  • Considerations For Specialized Fiber Optics In Rugged Environments

    At Photonics West 2017, Frank Weiss with Gooch & Housego offered practical advice on considerations one should take into account when specifying fiber optics for deployment in rugged environments, including life cycle requirements, the pitfalls of underspecifying, and the potential headaches that can be involved in not paying close attention to export control parameters.

  • An Intro To Advanced Hyperspectral Imaging

    Hyperspectral imaging technology has advanced significantly in the last 50 years, and Greg Staples with Bayspec talked with us for a few minutes at the 2016 SPIE DCS exhibition about how it has changed.

  • InGaAs Linear Arrays Relaunched

    Doug Malchow with Sensors Unlimited – A part of Collins Aerospace discusses the relaunch of his company's InGaAs linear arrays, provides an update on the export classifications of a 320x256 SWIR camera, and shares a quick refresher on their standard suite of SWIR cameras.

  • Diverse Catalog Of Aerospace And Defense Solutions

    Craig Taylor with Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies Company spent some time with us on day two of the DSS exhibition to give us an overview of some of his division’s work in optical modules and systems used in the aerospace and defense markets. He then turns it over to Eric Desfonds with Excelitas so he could catch us up on some of their more recent product developments, including their newly launched N-type quadrant detectors.

  • You Asked, They Delivered

    Applications engineer Curt Dvonch took time out of day one of the DSS exhibition to give us a closer look (it’s small, you may have to squint) at the new 320CSX Micro SWIR camera and walked us through some of its more notable features.

  • Optical Filter And Coating Solutions

    Jason Palidwar of Iridian Spectral kicked off our DSS exhibition coverage by giving us a closer look at what they’re showcasing this year.

  • A Suite Of SWIR Technology

    Doug Malchow with Sensors Unlimited – A part of Collins Aerospace, kicks off our BiOS and Photonics West video coverage by showing us some SWIR imagery and telling us about some new and exciting developments to their line of cameras.