New generation of tactical reconnaissance pod for high performance aircraft. The pod contains a high resolution multi-spectral sensor suite for day/night missions, digital solid state recorder and optional data link. The modular structure of the pod is based on the Litening targeting pod and uses the same interface to the aircraft, saving cost for new system integration and certification. The RecceLite pod has been integrated to the Spanish Airforce EF-18 aircraft and flight tested to verify interfaces and performance in a real military operational environment. First results have been flown with an infrared sensor only and final test with the final configuration of sensors and image processing electronics.
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.
New generation of tactical reconnaissance pod for high performance aircraft. The pod will contain a high resolution multispectral sensor suite for day/night missions, digital solid state recorder and optional data link. The modular structure of the pod is based on the Litening targeting pod and uses the same interface to the aircraft, saving cost for new system integration and certification. The system is designed for medium to low altitude reconnaissance missions. The overall system includes modules for mission planning and image evaluation on ground. RecceLite is an affordable high performance reconnaissance system with state of the art technology. Due to the modular design it provides growth potential and easy integration of future developments.
To conduct observation flights under the terms of the Open Skies Treaty, Germany is using the surveillance system installed in a Tupolev 154 M aircraft. The equipment provides the mission crew with autonomous long range mission capability, totally independent of ground support. The mission equipment provides the necessary functions requires to perform the observation tasks like: mission planning; terrain mapping; video supervision of the overflown terrain; aircraft position reference; and generating, and storing of ground image data. The system described in this paper defines a Video Optical System for high resolution color images. Images can be displayed on board in real time, annotated with mission relevant data, like date, time, location, mission data and ground coordinates. The high resolution images will be recorded on a digital tape recorder. The all digital data handling guarantees optimized results for ground evaluations.
An airborne surveillance system utilizing a Zeiss KS-153A, 80 mm Trilens, reconnaissance camera with day/night mission capability is discussed. In the night mode, the camera sets shutter and aperture for flash light operation and provides synchronization pulses to trigger the night illumination system. The night illumination system includes power unit and illumination assembly. Navigational data is recorded on each frame.
Zeiss, in cooperation with Niletus, have developed an airborne
Data Recording and Control System using high resolution reconnaissance
cameras combined with video tape recording. Sensors are
installed in a Dornier DO-228 aircraft for special earth survey
missions which provide forest damage assessment in mountainous
regions. Sensors include KS-153A wide angle- and telelens camera
configurations. A laser distance meter provides autofocus
capability for the telelens camera. Flight and mission data are
recorded on film and video for cross-reference purposes during
photo-interpretation. Special photogrammetric interpretation
equipment then produces detailed maps used to direct corrective