Knight Optical

Precision Optics & Optical Components for UAVs, ROVs & Robotics

United States of America
Knight Optical
Precision Optics & Optical Components for UAVs, ROVs & Robotics
1130 Ten Rod Road, Suite D-102 North Kingstown Rhode Island 02852 USA United States of America Regional offices
+1 401 583 7846

Knight Optical is a leading global supplier of metrology-tested, ultra-high-precision optical components for high-spec UAVs (unmanned aerial systems), USVs (unmanned surface vessels) and UUVs (unmanned underwater vehicles). With over 30 years in the industry, we have worked with world-leading businesses on pioneering applications that have revolutionised the world of unmanned technologies.

Known for their ultra-high performance and dependability, our precision optical components are used globally within unmanned systems in military and defence industries, for survey and mapping purposes, for devices used by emergency services and across many more subsectors.

Our catalogue ranges from UV and visible optics through to infrared (IR) components. These include: lenses, windows and domes, beamsplitters, filters, mirrors, prisms, graticules, optomechanics, and much more.

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Premium-Quality Custom and COTS Optical Components

Whether you need on-spec optical components for underwater, air or surface unmanned systems, our diverse, comprehensive catalogue meets a variety of needs.

For critical projects with quick lead times, our stock range of over 3000 optics (some of which can be edged down to meet dimensional requests) can be dispatched the very next day. Alternatively, if you need something with more of a bespoke approach, our 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.

metrology

To reinforce our quality-first ethos, all optical components are tested in our fully equipped, state-of-the-art Metrology Laboratory by a group of qualified technicians. The team uses our leading-edge spectrophotometers, interferometers, video imaging systems and other front-line devices to measure everything from surface flatness and wavefront quality to angular measurements and focal lengths. Finally, your components are sent to our discerning QA department for visual inspection before dispatch.

Custom & Stock Dome Windows

Durable UV fused silica domes and windows with customization options

Optical Dome Windows
Custom Optical domes

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Infrared Optical Components

Custom infrared solutions in a variety of materials, with specialized antireflective coatings

Infrared Optics
Infrared Optical Components

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Optical Filters

Filters for passing and blocking UV, visible, NIR and IR wavelengths

Optical Filters
Optical Filters

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Polarization Optics

Linear polarisers, circular polarisers and retarders for wavebands from <0.2 to >2µm

Polarization Optics
lidar Optics

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Precision Lenses

Bespoke and COTS lenses, including ball, biconvex, cylindrical, Fresnel and more

Precision infrared Lenses
Precision IR Lenses

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Optical Beamsplitters

Plate beamsplitters in economy, standard and precision ranges

Optical Beamsplitters
Precision Optical Beam splitters

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Precision Prisms

A wide variety of prism shapes for UV, visible and NIR spectrums

Precision Prisms
Precision Prisms

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Optical Windows

Optical windows and diffusers in a variety of materials and grades for UV, visible and NIR applications

Optical Windows
Optical Windows

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Quality Assured Mirrors

Precision concave, elliptical and plane reflective mirrors for wavebands from <0.2 to >10µm

optical Mirrors
Quality Assured Mirrors

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Diffusers

Ground glass, flashed opal, Optolite, plastic screen and anti-Newton diffusers

Diffusers
Custom Diffusers

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UV Optical Components

UV fused silica domes and windows, and UV bandpass filters

UV Optical Components
custom Optical Components

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Apertures & Iris Diaphragms

Precise control of light throughput and laser beam size and shape

Apertures & Iris Diaphragms
Apertures & Iris Diaphragms

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Graticules, Gratings & Resolution Charts

Optical testing and sighting for commercial and defense imaging systems

Graticules, Gratings & Resolution Charts
Graticules, Gratings & Resolution Charts

Camera Filter Holders

Stackable filter holders and locking rings for imaging systems

Camera Filter Holders

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Spectrometers

Miniature UV, visible and NIR spectrometers for field or lab use

Knight Optical Spectrometers

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Precision Optics for Unmanned & Autonomous Vehicle Applications

Precision Optical Domes for ROVs

COTS and Custom Optical Domes and Windows for ROV/AUVs

Underwater optics - ROV Optical Domes and windowsWe are a supplier of 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 our 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.

Precision Optical Domes for ROVs

A variety of materials are available for different application requirements, including UV-grade fused silica, quartz and sapphire for harsh environments and infrared applications, and PMMA acrylic for lightweight and low-cost bulk manufacturing.

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Autonomous Vehicle LiDAR Optics

Optical Components for LiDAR Systems

Optical Components for LiDAR SystemsWe provide custom and off-the-shelf precision optical components 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.

Infrared Imaging Optics

IR Optical Components for UAV Thermal Imaging Systems

IR Optics for UAVsWe supply 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.

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Custom Optics & Assemblies

Optical Assembly Design and Consultancy Service

Our expert design and consultancy team can help you develop your optical solution all the way, from design to complete housed optical assembly.

Custom optics - optical designWe 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 our state-of-the-art metrology lab.

Custom Optical AssembliesWe provide a wide range of precision manufacturing services, including lens polishing, diamond turning, CNC grinding and dicing, laser cutting and glass blowing. A wide range of additional features can be added to your optical components, including lamination, anti-reflective coatings and mirror coatings.

Contact our technical sales team to discover how Knight Optical’s precision optical solutions and superior service can improve your instrumentation and supply chain experience.

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Knight Optical USA LLC United States of America 1130 Ten Rod Road, Suite D-102 North Kingstown Rhode Island 02852 USA +1 401 583 7846 Contact Send Message Website
Knight Optical (UK) Ltd United Kingdom Roebuck Business Park Harrietsham, Kent, ME17 1AB +44 (0)1622 859444 Contact Website