Use of a Miniature Infrared COTS Sensor in Several Military Applications
INDIGO SYSTEMS SANTA BARBARA CA
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The proliferation of small infrared cameras in high-volume commercial applications e.g. fire fighting, law-enforcement, and automotive presents a tremendous opportunity for truly low-cost military micro-sensors. Indigo Systems Corporations UL3 Omegatrademark camera is a commercial off-the-shelf COTS thermal imager that offers ultra-small size 3.5 cubic inch, light weight 102g, and low power 1.3 W. It employs a 164x120 microbolometer focal plane array FPA and is currently entering full-scale production. Furthermore, a 324x240 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.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Infrared Detection and Detectors