Traditionally, the standard RS-170 format video camera has found limited application in airborne platforms. It has
shown limited performance due to various factors encountered in this environment. Video camera applications in the
scientific community have created camera configurations which are quite different from the standard video camera. The
scientific applications require shorter integration periods, high sensitivity and narrow-band spectral response.
Combinations of these needs have created specialized video cameras which negate some of the adverse factors of
airborne video camera application and produce unique imagery well beyond the standard camera capability. This paper
will explore the airborne environment and the application of the specialized video cameras.