Thermal Cameras and Infrared Camera Cores for Unmanned Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc

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Infrared Drone CamerasFLIR Systems is the world leader in the design and manufacture of infrared imaging solutions for small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) and UGV. Our thermal imaging cameras and camera cores are ideal for a range of aerial drone applications, including: search and rescue, precision agriculture, inspections, security, and surveying.

With our wide range of powerful cameras and OEM camera cores and components, we supply more thermal imagers for unmanned platforms than any other company in the world.

Thermal Imaging Cameras for sUAS

Duo™ Pro R Thermal Imaging Camera

Duo Pro R Thermal Imaging Drone CameraThe Duo™ Pro R is a state-of-the-art thermal imaging solution for drones that combines a high-resolution radiometric thermal imager and a 4K visible camera with a full suite of on-board sensors.

The powerful dual-sensor payload allows pilots to switch between thermal and visible imagers in flight, or view them both at the same time with a convenient picture-in-picture mode.  Live analogue or digital video can be output over micro-HDMI, while both video and stills are recorded to two microSD cards.

The on-board integrated sensor suite, including a GPS receiver, IMU, magnetometer, and barometer, makes Duo Pro R an ideal self-contained unmanned mapping package that creates accurate orthomosaics without needing to integrate to external flight controllers.

With the FLIR UAS app for iOS and Android, users can quickly and easily configure the Duo Pro R over Bluetooth before takeoff. The intuitive system allows users to set colour palettes and image optimization features, configure PWM inputs and MAVLink interface, and start recording, all from their convenient mobile device of choice.

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Duo™ Pro R Thermal Imaging Camera (USA and Canada)
Duo™ Pro R Thermal Imaging Camera (for those outside North America)

Vue™ Pro Thermal Imaging Camera

FLIR Vue Pro Thermal Camera for sUASFLIR Vue™ Pro is a thermal camera, measurement instrument and data recorder that provides enhanced functionality for professional sUAS operations and services. Optimized for unmanned airborne operations in a wide range of environments, the Vue™ Pro records 8-bit digital video in MJPEG or H.264 formats and 14-bit still imagery to a removable micro-SD card.

FLIR Vue Pro Thermal Imaging Drone CameraThe built-in Accessory Port provides MAVLink compatibility for automated image capture and image geo-tagging, as well as access to two camera controls via PWM commands for convenient colour palette selection, recording control, or in-flight e-zoom triggering. An integrated low-power Bluetooth module allows easy configuration via our custom iOS or Android apps.

Specifications

Vue™ Pro 640 Vue™ Pro 336
Thermal Imager Uncooled VOx Microbolometer
Resolution 640 × 512 336 × 256
Lens Options (FOV for Full-Sensor Digital Output) 9 mm; 69° × 56°
13 mm; 45° × 37°
19 mm; 32° × 26°
6.8 mm; 44° × 35°
9 mm; 35° × 27°
13 mm; 25° × 19°
Lens Options (FOV for NTSC Analogue Output) 9 mm; 62° × 49°
13 mm; 45° × 35°
19 mm; 32° × 24°
6.8 mm; 44° × 33°
9 mm; 34° × 26°
13 mm; 24° × 18°
Spectral Band 7.5 – 13.5 μm
Frame Rates 30 Hz (NTSC); 25 Hz (PAL) – US only
7.5 Hz (NTSC); 8.3 Hz (PAL) – Exportable
Size and Weight 2.48″ × 1.75″ x 1.75″ (63 × 44.4 x 44.4 mm) (including lens)
3.25-4 oz (92.1 – 113.4 g) (configuration dependent)

More information:
Vue™ Pro Thermal Imaging Camera (USA and Canada)
Vue™ Pro Thermal Imaging Camera (for those outside North America)

Vue™ Pro R Thermal Imaging Camera

With the same industry-leading thermal imaging quality, interfaces, and capability as the Vue™ Pro, the Vue™ Pro R adds fully radiometric data-gathering to empower sUAS operators to collect highly accurate, non-contact temperature measurements from the air.

Every still image contains accurate, calibrated temperature data embedded in every pixel, enhancing a wide range of drone operations such as inspections, infrastructure analysis, precision agriculture, and public safety. Two different models are available, each with a range of lens options.

Specifications

Vue™ Pro 640 Vue™ Pro 336
Thermal Imager Uncooled VOx Microbolometer
Resolution 640 × 512 336 × 256
Lens Options (FOV for Full-Sensor Digital Output) 9 mm; 69° × 56°
13 mm; 45° × 37°
19 mm; 32° × 26°
6.8 mm; 44° × 35°
9 mm; 35° × 27°
13 mm; 25° × 19°
Lens Options (FOV for NTSC Analogue Output) 9 mm; 62° × 49°
13 mm; 45° × 35°
19 mm; 32° × 24°
6.8 mm; 44° × 33°
9 mm; 34° × 26°
13 mm; 24° × 18°
Spectral Band 7.5 – 13.5 μm
Measurement Accuracy +/-5°C or 5% of reading in -25°C to +135°C range
+/-20°C or 20% of reading in -40°C to +550°C range
Frame Rates 30 Hz (NTSC); 25 Hz (PAL) – US only
7.5 Hz (NTSC); 8.3 Hz (PAL) – Exportable
Size
2.48″ × 1.75″ x 1.75″ (63 × 44.4 x 44.4 mm) (including lens)

More information:
Vue™ Pro R Thermal Imaging Camera (USA and Canada)
Vue™ Pro R Thermal Imaging Camera (for those outside North America)

Thermal Camera Cores for OEMs

Boson™ LWIR Uncooled Thermal Camera Core

Our Boson™ longwave infrared (LWIR) thermal camera cores feature a revolutionary SWaP profile and a flexible infrared processing architecture that provides advanced image processing and video analytics. The expandable interface allows users to trade features for power consumption and tailor the system to precise requirements.

Boson LWIR Uncooled Thermal Drone Camera Core

Boson™ is available with a variety of different lenses in 320×256 or 640×512 resolutions and eight different fields of view. The highly configurable system is ideal for designing a wide variety of unmanned thermal imaging solutions for applications such as security, surveillance, firefighting, and machine vision.

Specifications:

Thermal Imager: Uncooled VOx microbolometer
Array Format: 640 x 512 or 320 × 256
Pixel Pitch: 12 µm
Spectral Range: Longwave infrared; 7.5 µm – 13.5 µm
Full Frame Rate: 60Hz baseline; 30 Hz runtime selectable
Power dissipation: Varies by configuration; as low as 500 mW
Size: 21 × 21 × 11 mm without lens
Weight: 7.5 g without lens (configuration dependent)

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Boson™ LWIR Uncooled Thermal Camera Core (USA and Canada)
Boson™ LWIR Uncooled Thermal Camera Core (for those outside North America)

Lepton® Micro Thermal Camera Core

Radiometric-Capable LWIR Uncooled Camera

The FLIR Lepton® is an ultra-miniature, radiometric-capable LWIR camera solution that easily integrates into native mobile-devices and other electronics as an IR sensor or thermal imager. With focal plane arrays of either 160×120 or 80×60 active pixels, Lepton® captures accurate, calibrated, non-contact temperature data in every pixel of each image.

Lepton Micro Thermal Cameras for Drones

With its small size, enhanced sensitivity and simple integration, Lepton® is ideal for the smallest of UAS and UGV thermal imaging solutions. The micro camera core is available in five models:

  • Lepton™ thermal imaging camera core160 x 120 high resolution with 50° FOV and shutter
  • 80 x 60 resolution models with:
    • 50° FOV Radiometric with shutter
    • 50° FOV without shutter
    • 25° FOV without shutter
    • 50° FOV with a shutter for manual calibration.

More information:
Lepton® LWIR Uncooled Thermal Camera Core (USA and Canada)
Lepton® LWIR Uncooled Thermal Camera Core (for those outside North America)

Tau SWIR Shortwave Infrared Camera Core

High Performance SWIR Camera Core for OEMs

FLIR Tau SWIR Thermal Camera Core for dronesThe FLIR Tau SWIR shortwave infrared camera core provides outstanding image quality and performance over a wide range of imaging and light level conditions.

Incorporating FLIR’s high resolution 640×512 ISC1202 Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) 15-micron pitch focal plane array (FPA), it is the ideal OEM SWIR imaging module for demanding drone applications, such as electro-optical payloads.

With a compact form factor, light weight (<81 grams), and less than 3.2 W power consumption (at room temperature) Tau SWIR meets the SWaP requirements for integration into small UAS.

More information:
Tau SWIR Infrared Camera Core (USA and Canada)
Tau SWIR Infrared Camera Core (for those outside North America)

Neutrino™ MWIR OEM Camera Core

Midwave Infrared Cooled Camera Module

FLIR Neutrino MWIR Camera CoreThe Neutrino™ is FLIR’s smallest and lightest weight OEM cooled camera core, weighing less than 16 oz (<450 gm). The 640×512 InSb array and advanced image processing delivers superb thermal image quality at a steady state power consumption of less than 5 watts.

Utilizing FLIR’s common software architecture and the same SDK, GUI and command protocols as our uncooled LWIR cameras, the Neutrino™ can be easily integrated in to a wide range of systems. The high performance Neutrino™ is ideal for SWaP-constrained applications.

More information:
Neutrino™ MWIR Cooled Camera Core (USA and Canada)
Neutrino™ MWIR Cooled Camera Core (for those outside North America)

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