Good things in small packages

Good things come in small packages. The demand for micro and mini unmanned air systems (UAS) is reaching a new peak.

 

The impression is that some armies, such as the Indian one, intend to deploy thousands of those portable “personal” UAS almost like soldiers’ assault rifles.

 

This trend required an adaptation of the payloads. Without these electro-optical eyes, the micro and mini platforms are useless.

 

It is not surprising that Israel, a world power in UAS, also develops some of the more sophisticated payloads for unmanned systems.

 

Earlier this week NextVision, a manufacturer of advanced stabilised payloads for small unmanned systems, unveiled the MicroCam-DU, a dual sensor EO-IR payload.

 

The MicroCam-DU includes both a stabilised visible camera and a stabilised thermal camera at a total weight of 450g.

 

The payload was developed to address the need for a lightweight solution to enable long endurance, a large operation range, and dual night and day operation, without compromising electro-optical performance.

  

The company says that the rollover tilt function has 130° tilt and 360° roll that enables the use of the payload on nose and belly mounting. The stability of the payload is greater than 100 micro-radian.

 

The company also claims that the observation ranges to weight ratio is unmatched in the field of electro-optical payloads for small unmanned systems. 

 

According to Michael Grosman, CEO of NextVision, other payloads with similar observation capabilities weigh at least twice as much and in most cases even more.

 

He added that the next generation of the system will include a laser pointer.

      

Judging by the efforts Israeli companies make to equip micro and mini UAS with new payloads, we can expect some surprises that will enable the use of these unmanned platforms to increase even more.

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