15 December 2000 1024 x 1024 tactical IR HgCdTe staring sensor system
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Boeing has demonstrated Mid-Wave Infrared (MWIR) imaging performance of a large format tactical sensor based on a 1024x1024 focal plane array (FPA). The ultra-high density infrared (IR) sensor system consists of a 10.47 mm aperture optics, a 10242 Mercury Cadmium Telluride (HgCdTe) FPA, a Sterling cycle integrated cooler dewar assembly (IDA), and a pre-processor with advanced algorithms for data correction and image enhancement. In this paper, we will present measured performance parameters of the staring sensor system including minimum resolvable temperature (MRT), noise equivalent temperature difference (NEDT), and noise equivalent irradiance (NEI). Key features and attributes of the integrated hardware will also be described. A similar instrument to enhance situational awareness is under evaluation as part of a panoramic camera system to demonstrate feasibility of sensor-guided landing in adverse environments for heavy transports such as the Boeing C17 aircraft. Considerations are underway to utilize the camera as part of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) sensor suite. We will introduce other system applications for which the large format imagery can be strategically employed and discuss its operational advantages.
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Steven R. Barrios, Arsen Bogosyan, Gilbert Y. Chan, Michael J. Gubala, Herbert Huey, Raymond S. Kwok, Raymond G. Lawrence, Mark Muzilla, John W. Yang, "1024 x 1024 tactical IR HgCdTe staring sensor system", Proc. SPIE 4130, Infrared Technology and Applications XXVI, (15 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.409911; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.409911
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