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  • Goodrich Shortwave IR Technology Selected for Army Camera
Mar 2007
Defense contractor Northrop Grumman's Laser Systems business unit of Apopka, Fla., announced it has selected Goodrich Corp. to manufacture a boresight monitoring camera subsystem to be used in a multifunction laser (MFL) for Future Combat Systems -- the US Army's premier modernization program. The program is comprised of a line of manned and unmanned air and ground systems linked via a network. The boresight cameras will be used to track and align lasers at multiple wavelengths on the MFL. Goodrich's SUI team (formerly Sensors Unlimited Inc.), based in Princeton, N.J., will modify and combine the functions of two of its 320 x 256 focal plane array shortwave infrared (SWIR) cameras to meet Army requirements. The new cameras will be smaller, use less power and offer more capabilities than current SWIR cameras, Goodrich said.

A light-tight box that receives light from an object or scene and focuses it to form an image on a light-sensitive material or a detector. The camera generally contains a lens of variable aperture and a shutter of variable speed to precisely control the exposure. In an electronic imaging system, the camera does not use chemical means to store the image, but takes advantage of the sensitivity of various detectors to different bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. These sensors are transducers...
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