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Goodrich Awarded Contract From USAF To Develop Shortwave Infrared Sensor For UAVs

File photo of a raven UAV being launched in the desert.
by Staff Writers
Charlotte NC (SPX) Dec 04, 2006
Goodrich has been awarded a contract from the U. S. Air Force Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Battlelab (UAVB) at Nellis Air Force Base in Nev. to develop and fabricate a shortwave infrared (IR) sensor for the Spectre-Finder initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to rapidly demonstrate the potential of a small, air-launched and recoverable Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to provide off-board sensing in support of future Air Force Special Operations Command concepts of operation.

Under the terms of the contract Goodrich's SUI team, headquartered in Princeton, N.J., will develop a SWIR camera payload assembly. The technology involved includes a 640x512 indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) camera, custom dual field-of-view lens and laser pointer for use in day or night operation allowing reliable imaging and performance in any weather or environmental conditions.

Dr. Marshall J. Cohen, Vice President and General Manager of Goodrich's SUI team, stated, "We are pleased to have been selected to work on this program, giving us the opportunity to leverage our expertise in indium gallium arsenide SWIR imaging technology to deliver an enhanced sensor assembly to the U.S. Air Force. Our team will be leveraging other InGaAs programs from the U.S. Army, Navy and DARPA to give the Air Force the most sophisticated SWIR camera, maximizing the performance while maintaining a very low weight and compact assembly."

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