8 September 1995 InfraCAM: a handheld commercial infrared camera modified for spaceborne applications
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In 1994, Inframetrics introduced the InfraCAMTM, a high resolution hand-held thermal imager. As the world's smallest, lightest and lowest power PtSi based infrared camera, the InfraCAM is ideal for a wide range of industrial, nondestructive testing, surveillance and scientific applications. In addition to numerous commercial applications, the light weight and low power consumption of the InfraCAM make it extremely valuable for adaptation to space borne applications. Consequently, the InfraCAM has been selected by NASA Lewis Research Center (LeRC) in Cleveland, Ohio for use as part of the DARTFire (diffusive and radiative transport in fires) space borne experiment. In this experiment, a solid fuel is ignited in a low gravity environment. The combustion period is recorded by both visible and infrared cameras. The infrared camera measures the emission from polymethyl methacrylate, (PMMA) and combustion products in six distinct narrow spectral bands. Four cameras successfully completed all qualification tests at Inframetrics and at NASA Lewis. They are presently being used for ground based testing in preparation for space flight in the fall of 1995.
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Daniel Manitakos, Jeffrey Jones, Simon H. Melikian, "InfraCAM: a handheld commercial infrared camera modified for spaceborne applications", Proc. SPIE 2552, Infrared Technology XXI, (8 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.218294; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.218294


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