This paper describes the design concept and the technical features of a new developed EO camera. The camera is integrated on a stabilized sensor platform of a tactical reconnaissance pod for extended pointing capability and wide field ground coverage.One of the major design constraints was the extremely small space available in the front gimbals, shared with a high resolution IR FPA Sensor in the other half of the gimbals. The line-of-sight of both sensors is harmonized, leading to multi-spectral information of the same ground target. The sensor features a high resolution zoom lens, large FPA detector, automatic focus and exposure control. An unique feature of the camera is automatic mass compensation when the zoom lens elements change their position during FOV change to keep the balancing of the sensors on the gimbal. The VOS 40/270 camera represents a new generation of tactical reconnaissance sensors for stabilized platform integration. The design of the VOS 40/270 camera system employs the latest emerging technologies in an all digital reconnaissance system.
Bernd Uhl, Bernd Uhl,
"Digital EO camera system VOS 40/270 for tactical reconnaissance pos RecceLite", Proc. SPIE 4824, Airborne Reconnaissance XXVI, (15 November 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.459306; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.459306