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Sofradir, Onera Partner on IR Technology

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A new partnership between IR detector maker Sofradir and an aerospace and defense research organization in France aims to develop disruptive technologies in IR detection.

The five-year project between Sofradir, which makes IR detectors of military, space and industrial applications, and Onera, a center for excellence in aerospace and defense research, will provide OEMs with more highly advanced capabilities in thermal imaging, the partners said this week. The innovations will also enable equipment makers to address future expectations in the performance of optronics systems, where IR detection is key.

The project also aims to accelerate the transfer of Onera’s research to Sofradir, readying them for industrial processing. The team will research and develop new techniques for IR detectors, such as integrated optics, greater compactness, improved functionality and performance of thermal imaging equipment.

“Onera is known for its vision, vast knowledge and expertise in aerospace and defense system design,” said Philippe Bensussan, chairman and CEO of Sofradir. “We are excited about leading future developments in IR detection. We have high expectations about what these advantages will bring to our customers who design optronics systems for defense, space and commercial applications.”

Sofradir and Onera previously collaborated successfully on other research projects involving IR detection. This Partner Research Innovation agreement, a new type of French public-private contract enabling the transfer of technology and know-how from Onera to industry, is the first between the two organizations.

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Oct 2013
thermal imaging
The process of producing a visible two-dimensional image of a scene that is dependent on differences in thermal or infrared radiation from the scene reaching the aperture of the imaging device.
BusinessdefenseEuropeFranceimagingindustrialinfrared detectionIR detectorsmilitaryOneraopticsPhilippe Bensussanresearch-industry partnershipSofradirspacethermal imaging

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