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UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS Small UAS for night surveillance Aerospace Test & Validation 2018 Editorial

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❱ ❱ Miniature UAS platform provides night vision capabilities with its thermal imaging camera payload

Controp has been demonstrating its 3.5kg unmanned aerial system loaded with thermal imaging sensors for night surveillance in defence applications.

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lectro-optics and Infrared (IR) defence company, Controp USA has been demonstrating its recently- introduced T-Stamp-XR.

Weighing only 3.5kg, the T-Stamp- XR includes a cooled thermal imaging camera with extremely narrow Field-of- View and outstanding gyro- stabilisation, enabling superb day and night surveillance capabilities on small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). This newest member of the Controp Stamp family also has a high sensitivity HD day camera and an optional laser designator or laser pointer.

“Since launching the T-Stamp-XR at

the 2017 Paris Air Show, we have sold almost 100 systems,” says Mr Hagay Azani, Controp’s VP Marketing and Sales. “It has exceeded all our expectations to become one of our most popular UAS payloads, and we expect many more orders in the coming months.” The T-Stamp-XR’s built-in INS on the Line-of-Sight provides precise and accurate target coordinates, geolocation, hold-to-coordinate and point-to- coordinate capabilities. Additional

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features include onboard automatic video tracker, image enhancement, local automatic gain control (AGC), picture-in- picture (PIP), digital video output and optional H.264 video output. The T-Stamp-XR enables tactical interoperability with other platforms and has low lifecycle costs, due to a unique and high endurance cooled TI detector. “An ultra-small low SWaP payload,

the T-Stamp-XR can provide the optical performance of much larger payloads, significantly saving operational resources,” continues Azani. “It also has the highest level of stabilisation, thanks to its three-gimbal configuration, making the use of Laser Designation a feasible option.”

Stamp is a family of gyro-stabilised

miniature payloads, especially designed for day and night tactical over-the-hill reconnaissance missions on small aerial platforms. Lightweight yet rugged, Stamps provide precise geolocation and can withstand high-shock landings. With low power consumption, they are made up of only one LRU and provide the most cost-effective method of this type for small manned and unmanned systems. n

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