HOUSTON, Texas, 15 July 2015. Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) is offering its OWLS system as a rugged gimbal for manned aircraft platforms. Originally designed to be lightweight for coupling with an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), also known as a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the OWLS system is rugged enough to be added directly to aircraft, ASU representatives explain at the Airborne Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) annual convention in Houston, Texas.
“Part of our goal at ASU is to develop versatile products that can be utilized in numerous platforms. The OWLS is a prime example of that,” says ASU President Jim Winkel. “The next logical step for ASU was to offer the OWLS for both UAV and Aircraft use.”
OWLS is an affordable surveillance system that incorporates a high-performance day/night imager with an option to combine with an uncooled thermal camera. OWLS is well suited to platforms requiring a lightweight visible/infrared, day/night imaging system.
The OWLS system is a single sensor gimbal that has day/night capabilities, weighs less than two pounds, and consumes less than five watts of power. The OWLS system operates from -20 degrees Celsius to +50 degrees Celsius. The four-inch diameter gimbal is 2-axis stabilized, and capable of providing infrared, night vision, and the smart fusion of these images.
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) was established in 1995 to meet the growing demand for aviation night-vision systems. Since that time, the company has earned a reputation as an innovator in aviation night-vision imaging system design, manufacturing, installation, certification, sales, training, and service.