Controp Precision Technologies unveiled the T-STAMP-XR miniature electro-optical/infrared payload at the Paris Air Show 2017.
The gyro-stabilised system is principally aimed at small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), aerostats, and rotary-wing platforms.
Speaking to Jane's , Hagay Azani, Controp's vice-president of marketing and sales, said that one of the drivers behind the development of the new payload is the "growing requirement for better sensors to equip small UAVs that operate up to 6,000 ft above ground level."
T-STAMP-XR weighs less than 3.5 kg and features a tri-axis gyro stabilised turret that houses a high-definition 2 megapixel colour daylight camera with a continuous optical zoom lens. It features a 1,280x720 CMOS sensor and provides x17 optical magnification and an additional x4 electronic zoom capability.
The sensor configuration includes a thermal imager equipped with a high operating temperature medium wave infrared (MWIR) detector operating at 3.5-4.2 µm, developed by Semi-Conductor Devices. The thermal imager uses a 640x480 detector with a 17-µm pixel pitch and features x15 continuous zoom. The system is available with optional laser payloads, including a laser designator (1.064 µm) and a laser pointer (0.8 µm).
Compared with previous T-STAMP systems, T-STAMP-XR provides a 100% improvement in daylight imaging performance and a 30% increase in target detection range with the thermal imaging channel, according to Controp.
Commenting on efforts to improve the payload, Azani noted that there is "a greater requirement for higher resolution, for improved target detection and recognition, better range performance, and better image processing, whilst maintaining low SWaP [size, weight, and power]."
T-STAMP-XR requires a 24-28 V DC power supply and has an average power consumption of 40 W, with a maximum power requirement of 95 W.
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