Tracking targets in the sky, on the road or in the sea requires an automatic system to perform this task. With the iIPSC-OET² we have merged two devices to a powerful platform:
iIPSC: Gyro Stabilised Platform
iOET²: Opto-Electronic Target Tracker
The iIPSC-OET² can be installed on land vehicles, helicopters, fixed wing aircrafts, naval vessels or speed boats. Where the iIPSC with its included inertial sensors is stabilizing the platform and decoupling it from the vessels motion, the iOET²opto electronic target tracker, which is based on an advanced image processing, is able to track the target in respect to reasonable contrast and SNR. An integrated trajectory estimator allows a continuous tracking even if the target is temporarily covered by buildings, clouds or other targets. The tracker can work with daylight cameras as well as with IR cameras.
A user friendly configuration tool is included, which allows the application specific configuration of the system. Furthermore a teach-in and education mode is available which can be used to educate the operator (if required) in an HIL (hardware-in-the-loop) mode. For advanced applications also a camera calibration tool is provided.
For high performance applications the optical head is equipped e.g. with a Zeiss / HENSOLDT ATTICA IR camera and a ZEISS / HENSOLDT or Sony daylight camera. Custom specific solutions can be provided on request.
For the stabilized platform typically the iIPCS-MSG or iIPSC-PT or iIPSC-HSG or iIPSC-LSG are used. They are constructed as a highly modular system with strong drive systems, designed to be operated in harsh environment (iIPSC-MSG is available also with nitrogen filling) and which can easily be adapted to the customer’s needs.
The systems can be equipped for stabilization and geo-referencing with a FOG based gyro system (iNAT-FSSG or iNAT-FSLG), with a MEMS gyro based inertial sensor system (iNAT-M200) for most economic applications or with a ring laser gyro (RLG) based INS/GNSS system (iNAT-RQT, iNAT-RQH) where the application requires additionally most accurate true heading related tracking / initial target searching and most accurate target position surveying.
The integrated iSCU (Stabilisation & Control Unit) provides the interface between the gyro system, the image tracker, the user operated joystick (iJP) or command computer and the servo drive system.