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360º IR Sensor Flown on UAS

Photonics.com
Oct 2009
Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md., has announced that it has successfully tested a new infrared sensor turret aboard its Desert Hawk III unmanned aircraft system (UAS), marking the first time a small UAS has flown with a 360° IR sensor. According to Lockheed, the hand-launched Desert Hawk III has provided the British army with critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The small UAS (54-in. wingspan) is specifically designed to operate at high altitudes, in high winds and in extreme temperatures. By providing 360° IR coverage, troops obtain greater target location accuracy and superior image stability. Combined with an upgraded 360° color electro-optic sensor, operators gained 10× continuous zoom capability, significantly aiding in contact identification.



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The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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