We have developed a version of the SurVoyeur mk-II, the 'c' version, which has a new nose housing a gimballed, stablized EO and IR camera combination.
This gimbal houses the FLIR QUARK 640 X 512 pixel Thermal camera, fitted with a shutter to enable flat field correction, and also houses the Sony EX11 Colour Block Camera.
Both camera are fully controllable from the ground station, colour modes, zoom where applicable, AGC, etc.
The gimbal is stabilized and fully steerable from the ground station. We are currently working on making accurate fitment jigs to bore-sight the cameras to the IMU, to enable accurate line of sight determination to allow automatic tracking of designated 'targets'.
Here are some photos of the various parts of the Gimbal, and the Gimbal fitted to the aircraft.
The two cameras with the QUARK shutter mechanism: The assembled Gimbal:
A short video of the gimbal in motion:
Flight times are 70minutes at sea level 25deg C, 55 minutes at 1600m ASL, 40deg C.
Additionaly an 18mpixel Canon stills camera, stablised in roll, is fitted in the belly bay , under the wing, as was in the original mk-II aircraft.
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