Aerospace Applications for Infrared Zoom
Infrared zoom lenses are used extensively in aerial platforms, both for targeting systems and infrared search and track (IRS&T). IR is usually used in combination with electro-optical payloads. This allows rapid identification of areas of interest on the ground and then rapid detail on the fly.
New helicopters use infrared for nightly news, and Coast Guard and Search and Rescue use it to locate people or map the course of a fire.
When you are in the air, you must the ability to see for a large area. But what happens when you locate something of interest? How do you get a detailed image unless you zoom in? Zoom lenses are nearly always required for military or earth-observing missions.
Zoom lens technology is also being used to improve the inspection of airframes themselves. As budgets tighten, there is more interest for commercial aviation to extend the lifetime of planes, but this can only be done if the airplane itself is safe. Thus, frequent inspections are required that examine the hull for signs of wear and cracking.
The infrared provides a great way to inspect, and there are several companies providing systems that do just that. Zoom technology helps to examine the defects in detail to determine if the plane must be put into repair.
Give us a call or email us to determine if infrared can enhance your aerospace application.
Buying from IRZoom.com
As any buyer will tell you, the lens selection process is typically bogged down in details and complexity. At IRZoom.com, it’s our goal to simplify the process.
With stock or custom choices, we can either provide a lens, a lens already integrated to a sensor, or a variety of options, given the application requirements. We generally work directly with camera suppliers to ensure a match, then have you purchase the lens from us and the camera from the supplier. If you have any questions about whether one of our lenses can be integrated with a particular camera, or need us to provide the integration, just ask.
Stock Lenses & Camera Systems
We recommend you begin the process by visiting the Products section of our website, where you can scroll through our stock selection or narrow your search by function using our guided search engine. We are also happy to work with you directly. We’ll simply need to gather some details on your application or need. Although a detailed specification is preferred, a simple phone call or one paragraph description will do to get things moving along.
Click HERE to view our full line of stock infrared zoom lenses.
Custom Lenses & Camera Systems
If you feel that you may need custom lenses or camera systems, we’re also happy to help.
IRZoom.com has specialized in the optical generation of lenses from a range of special materials. Modern lens design and manufacture also allows for less expensive Aspheres, or lenses of non-radial shape, that can reduce the number of lens elements in a given system. As a division of Computer Optics Inc., IRZoom.com is one of the few US based small businesses that has the ability to design AND manufacture zoom lenses all within the same building.
Please feel free to call us at 603-889-2116 or use our contact form to send an email.