Sensitive IR Sensors Enable Remote Mapping

Croissy-Beaubourg, France, March 28, 2003. CEDIP Infrared Systems in conjunction with the ETBS testing center of the Delegation Generale pour l'Armement (Bourges, France) has demonstrated a helicopter-based IR remote sensing system. Employing CEDIP JADE MWIR camera technology installed in a three-axis stabilized gimball underneath a helicopter fuselage several square kilometers of a ground field were remotely mapped in high definition in the mid-infrared region (3-5 microns).

To construct a ground map the helicopter was flown at an altitude of 300 m for 30 minutes with full dynamic range IR images continuously collected and stored in real time. After image acquisition the results were post-processed in order to reconstruct a complete map of the field for each wavelength of interest.

The JADE MWIR cameras employed in the tests use a MCT based focal plane array sensor cooled with a stirling cooler to provide extremely high sensitivity at the highest possible frame rates. Coupled with CEDIP's powerful, yet intuitive PC-based analysis and reporting software ALTAIR, the system provides a highly effective solution for obtaining accurate IR measurements in the most challenging test situations.

CEDIP Infrared Systems has for over 15 years been supplying customers around the world with cameras, surveillance and thermography systems based upon leading edge infrared thermal imaging technology.

For more information, visit www.cedip-infrared.com .

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