SWaP-Optimized VIS-SWIR Sensor Unveiled for UAVs

By Mike Ball / 10 May 2020
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Raptor Photonics Owl-640T VIS-SWIR VGA sensorRaptor Photonics has introduced the world’s first SWaP (size, weight and power)-optimised ½”/ VGA sensor with VIS-SWIR (visible to short-wave infrared) response. The InGaAs-based, 640×512 resolution camera features a 10µm x 10µm pixel pitch and is ideal for small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned vehicle gimbals.

The ultra-compact, rugged Owl 640 T has less than 50 electrons readout noise, with a high intra-scene dynamic range of 69dB that enables simultaneous capture of bright and dark portions of a scene. An onboard thermometric cooler stabilizes the sensor temperature without the need for a fan.

Available with a 12-bit camera link output and running from 10 to 60Hz, it features an on-board Automated Gain Control (AGC) which enables the best contrast imaging from a dark to bright scene, as well as on-board intelligent 3-point Non-Uniform Correction (NUC) for superior quality imaging. The Owl 640 T offers ½” optical design, taking advantage of a smaller and lighter lens.

The Owl 640 T sensor is provided with a range of analysis software, including XCAP, Micromanager and a standard CameraLink frame grabber (EPIX).

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact