Paris 2011: Controp Launches New Payloads
Israeli sensor specialist Controp Precision Technologies (Hall 3 C17) is displaying a range of its advanced electro-optic/infrared/laser payloads, including several new products. The latest payloads are tailored for use with UAVs, and also for aerostat applications.
Three new members are being added to Controp’s well-known Stamp family of sensor payloads for UAVs, including those of the Israel MOD’s Sky Rider program. M-Stamp is a new multi-sensor payload aimed at small UAVs, combining a daytime camera, uncooled dual field-of-view thermal imager and a laser pointer in a single payload that weighs less than 1.2 kilograms. Combining day and night cameras allows UAVs to remain effective during long-endurance missions, and also allows coverage to be maintained during the twilight “cross-over” period.
Other new Stamp products are the T-Stamp triple-sensor payload with day/night observation cameras and a laser pointer, packed in a stabilized installation that weighs less than thee kilograms. TD-Stamp is currently under development, a five-kilogram payload with EO/IR sensors and a laser designator.
Aerostats are another area where Controp has been active, and it has recently delivered the 23-kilogram Speed-A payload. As well as standard pitch and yaw stabilization, the Speed-A is also stabilized in roll to cater for the balloon’s movement in that plane. It has a long-range thermal camera with continuous optical zoom lens and can be optionally fitted with a laser rangefinder (LRF).
An LRF is incorporated, along with thermal imaging and daylight cameras, in the 10.5-kilogram SHAPO payload now being used by a South American air force from an airship, for defense, security and environmental monitoring duties. SHAPO is controlled from the ground by datalink.