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Nanomotion Q&A: EO/IR Gimbals for AGVs & UAS

Nanomotion's Q&A focuses on EO/IR gimbals, exploring the benefits of the company's Velox sensing payload, and looking at its role in evolving operations landscapes Feature Article by Nanomotion
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Nanomotion’s Q&A, “EO/IR Gimbals: Transforming AGV, UAV, and UAS Terrain Mastery”, explores the intricacies and benefits of the company’s Velox technology, shedding light on its pivotal role in evolving operational landscapes.

Nanomotion Q&A on EO/IR Gimbals

What are the key features of the Velox sensing payload that contribute to its capability for unparalleled terrain dominance, especially in comparison to the other payloads in the market?

The Velox sensing payload is distinguished by its high stabilization performance coupled with dynamic properties, enabling rapid movements and quick stabilization. This advanced technology allows for the creation of panoramic or mosaic images, with a rate of 6 image tiles per second. Such efficiency and speed facilitate unparalleled terrain dominance, a feature typically found in payloads that are 5 times more expensive.

How do Nanomotion’s piezo motors enhance the performance and design of miniature gimbals used in advanced imaging applications?

Nanomotion’s piezo motors are characterized by higher mechanical power density, fast response, and direct drive. These features are extremely beneficial for miniature gimbals, leading to the development of a compact and efficient gimbal.

What are the key advantages of the miniature gyro-stabilized Velox EO/IR gimbals for drones and UAS in terms of performance and SWaP criteria?

The key advantages of the miniature gyro-stabilized Velox EO/IR gimbals for drones and UAS lie primarily in their exceptional performance and optimization of Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP). The use of Nanomotion’s motors, known for their high acceleration and velocity, enables these gimbals to achieve a fast, gyro-stabilized mechanism with a stabilization performance of 80 micro-radians with zero image processing. Furthermore, the compact size and low power consumption of the motors provide an additional advantage in improving SWaP efficiency. Currently, there are no other products on the market that match the stabilization performance of the Velox EO/IR gimbals within the same SWaP parameters, highlighting their unique value in the field.

What distinguishes the Velox system’s gyro-stabilized platform, featuring gimbals for UAV, in terms of performance and functionality for AGV, UAV, and UAS surveillance and imaging?

Velox stands out due to its gyro-stabilized platform, incorporating advanced gimbals for UAV, which ensure images remain clear and stable under challenging conditions. This stability is crucial for the performance and functionality of AGV, UAV, and UAS, providing clear and stable imagery essential for surveillance and imaging across these platforms.

Controlled by Mavlink commands via the Nvidia NX platform, Velox boasts an impressive 230°/sec angular velocity. Its dynamic range of travel is ±174° in Azimuth and -30° to +110° in Elevation, offering 360° coverage and flexibility in operation for AGV, UAV, and UAS missions.

This feature, alongside Velox’s sophisticated camera system designed for UAV applications—including a 12M pixel visible camera and a 640 x 512 LWIR thermal camera—makes it an invaluable asset for both daytime and nighttime operations, providing reliable surveillance in diverse environments.

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