16 April 2008 Near-field observation platform
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A miniaturized near-field observation platform is presented comprising a sensitive daylight camera and an uncooled micro-bolometer thermal imager each equipped with a wide angle lens. Both cameras are optimised for a range between a few meters and 200 m. The platform features a stabilised line of sight and can therefore be used also on a vehicle when it is in motion. The line of sight either can be directed manually or the platform can be used in a panoramic mode. The video output is connected to a control panel where algorithms for moving target indication or tracking can be applied in order to support the observer. The near-field platform also can be netted with the vehicle system and the signals can be utilised, e.g. to designate a new target to the main periscope or the weapon sight.
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Harry Schlemmer, Harry Schlemmer, Constantin Baeurle, Constantin Baeurle, Holger Vogel, Holger Vogel, } "Near-field observation platform", Proc. SPIE 6940, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIV, 69401G (16 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.780507; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.780507

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