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UTC Aerospace Systems has introduced a high definition camera in its Sensors Unlimited MiniSWIR product line, the GA1280JSX. This addition is a compact, mil-rugged 0.9 megapixel high-resolution, high-sensitivity, shortwave infrared (SWIR) video camera that is designed for low-light imaging, persistent surveillance, laser detection, and imaging through atmospheric obscurants.

It features 1,280 x 720 pixels with 12.5µm pitch and 30fps at full frame rate. The next generation camera provides high-sensitivity in the SWIR spectrum ranging from 0.9 to 1.7µm, with extended sensitivity into the NIR/SWIR spectral range from 0.7 to 1.7µm.

The camera weighs less than 120g without the lens, has a footprint of less than 4.5in3, and operates on less than 3.8W at 20°C. The GA1280JSX OEM model can be integrated into unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or handheld, mobile, and robotic systems. It is capable of multi-laser spotting and tracking, and covert surveillance with passive 24 hour per day operation.

The camera offers snapshot exposure capability and automatic gain control (AGC). The on-board, real-time, non-uniformity corrections (NUCs) feature is critical in meeting the challenges of high-dynamic-range, urban-night imaging, without blooming. The digital 12-bit Base Camera Link output provides plug-and-play video for digital image processing or transmission.