WASHINGTON, 13 Aug. 2013. HoodTech Vision, a manufacturer of low size, weight, and power (SWaP) stabilized imaging systems for small manned and unmanned systems, introduces a new, high-definition (HD), 4-axis stabilized electro-optical (EO) imager designed for use on unstable, moving platforms.
The small stabilized system delivers 720p image quality at a 30-hertz frame rate, can be housed behind an optical dome on a system weighing roughly 800 grams, and is well suited for high-resolution, high-magnification, daylight imaging applications.
HoodTech Vision’s new stabilized system features 30X optical zoom, with a standard-definition (640 x 480) image delivering a 0.6 degree horizontal field of view (HFOV). It is paired with a dual AVS processing system that provides on-gimbal target tracking, motion de-jitter, image rotation, image enhancement, and H.264 IP-video encoding. For added flexibility, the system is mechanically configurable for multiple platform requirements.
The new HD EO system is a follow-on to HoodTech’s new Alticam 09EO1 imaging technology that integrates an HD sensor (on the telescope) with a spotting capability down to 0.6 degrees HFOV on a 1280x720-pixel format global-shutter EO imager. The new payload is designed for general purpose imaging in all application areas where high zoom factor is coupled with an unstable mounting. Applications include manned-aircraft airborne mapping and surveillance, imaging from unstable masts and towers, and imaging from small, commercial, remotely-piloted aircraft.