Precision Optics & Optical Components for UAVs, ROVs & Robotics

Precision Optics & Optical Components for UAVs & Unmanned Systems

Knight Optical offers a varied catalogue of COTS components as well as custom options By Mike Ball / 13 May 2022
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Knight Optical, a leading global supplier of metrology-tested, ultra-high-precision optical components, has partnered with Unmanned Systems Technology (“UST”) to demonstrate their expertise in this field. The ‘Gold’ profile highlights how the company’s products can be used for a variety of optics applications in high-spec UAS (unmanned aerial systems), USVs (unmanned surface vessels), UUVs (unmanned underwater vehicles) and autonomous vehicles.

Custom Optical domesFor critical projects with quick lead times, Knight Optical’s stock range of over 3000 optics (some of which can be edged down to meet dimensional requests) can be dispatched the very next day. If you need something with more of a bespoke approach, custom-made options enable you to pick the size, substrate, thickness, and, if required, optical coating for a seamless, first-time fit in your end application.

The catalogue includes:

  • Custom & Stock Dome Windows
  • Infrared Optical Components
  • Optical Filters
  • Polarization Optics
  • Precision Lenses
  • Optical Beamsplitters
  • Precision Prisms
  • Optical Windows
  • Quality Assured Mirrors
  • Diffusers
  • UV Optical Components
  • Apertures & Iris Diaphragms
  • Graticules, Gratings & Resolution Charts
  • Camera Filter Holders

ROV Optical DomesKnight Optical supplies high-quality optical domes and pressure windows for submersible ROVs and AUVs undertaking a wide range of missions from shallow-water inspections to deep-sea exploration. The hemispherical construction of their dome windows makes the two optical surfaces an equal thickness apart, resulting in a naturally strong shape that gets tougher under pressure and is ideal for underwater applications such as ROV camera dome ports and submersible windows.

Optical Components for LiDAR SystemsCustom and off-the-shelf precision optical components are available that are specially designed for LiDAR systems used in state-of-the-art unmanned vehicle surveying and autonomous driving applications.

These include front surface mirrors for LiDAR beam steering and reflecting, tough cover windows for protecting components, optical filters, and high-precision lenses for laser beam shaping and alignment.

IR Optics for UAVsKnight Optical also supplies a wide range of high-precision optics for advanced infrared imaging systems and sensors, fine-tuned to any part of the spectrum. Manufactured in infrared materials such as germanium, sapphire, calcium fluoride and zinc sulphide, they can be precisely engineered in a variety of forms, including ground blanks, polished windows, lenses, prisms and rods. Components can be provided with anti-reflection and hard coatings.

Custom Optical AssembliesKnight Optical provides a custom optical assembly design and consultancy service, with an expert design and consultancy team that can help you develop your optical solution all the way, from design to complete housed optical assembly.

The company can create 3D models and drawings, evaluate the feasibility, tolerance and performance of your design, and fully test your optics to the highest quality standards in a state-of-the-art metrology lab.

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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