An expendable, autonomous vehicle by definition and implication will require small, low-cost sensors for observation of the outside world, and interface to smart, decision-making avionics. This paper describes results of several interrelated charge-coupled device (COD) camera projects directed toward achieving such an integrated sensor package. A shuttered high-resolution CCD detector combined with a CCD analog frame store memory is described. This system results in a full television (TV) resolution, frame-rate-reduced, deinterlaced image. These image data are suitable for transform or differential pulse-code data compression as well as various other 3 x 3 element operators directed at extracting image intelligence for on-board decision making.