ILARTS Imaging Sensor for Day/Night Aircraft Approach and Landing

Period of Performance: 07/29/1997 - 07/29/1999


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc.
7 Deer Park Drive,, Suite C
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


Television cameras utilized by aircraft carrier Landing Signal Officers (LSO) need to provide good imagery, day and night, under conditions where the aircraft is illuminated by ambient light but the aircraft¦s bright landing lights are on, resulting in intra-scene dynamic range of ~10E6. These TV cameras provide the LSO with glide-slope and lineup information, and also view deck operations, approaches, and launches. This application, vital to aircraft carrier operations, needs a television image sensor and camera system to replace the Image Isocon based cameras which are no longer manufactured. The conclusion of he Phase I study is that a camera based on back illuminated CCD technology can match and in some cases exceed the benchmark Image Isocon camera performance in the demanding ILARTS application. In Phase II a prototype CCD camera will be designed, built and evaluated.