Evaluation of an Infrared Camera for Use in a Gun-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Report No. ARL-TR-3302
Authors: Marshal A. Childers and John A. Condon
Date/Pages: September 2004; 21 pages
Abstract: A commercially available infrared (IR) camera was evaluated for potential application on the silent operating aerial reconnaissance (SOAR) gun-launched unmanned aerial vehicle (GLUAV). The objective was to provide data to support an IR imaging camera capability for SOAR. Components of a candidate IR camera were subjected to high acceleration shock experiments to predict gun-launch survivability. The experimental results show that the camera in its off-the-shelf condition cannot survive the expected loads that are representative of a zone 4 120-mm mortar launch.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: September 1, 2004