SOURCE: Vision Research

October 09, 2008 13:16 ET

Vision Research Introduces Advanced Digital High-Speed Camera for Airborne Applications

Phantom® Miro™ Airborne Is Engineered to Withstand Extreme Testing Environments

WAYNE, NJ--(Marketwire - October 9, 2008) - Vision Research, a leading manufacturer of high-speed digital imaging systems, today extended its Phantom® Miro™ family with the launch of Miro Airborne, a digital high-speed camera engineered to specifically withstand the extreme environments associated with airborne applications. Compact, lightweight, and rugged, Miro Airborne is ideal for a number of airborne applications including stores separation from manned aircraft or UAVs, miss distance calculations for missile deployment, or landing gear analysis.

At the heart of Miro Airborne is a specially designed CMOS sensor featuring a maximum resolution of 800x600. At its maximum resolution, Miro Airborne can record 1,250 frames per second (fps), and up to 111,000 fps at reduced resolutions. With shutter speeds as low as two microseconds, users can freeze objects in motion, eliminate blur, and bring out details necessary for successful motion analysis. Miro Airborne also features mounting plates with standard 1/4-20 holes on two sides of the camera, and to further help eliminate blur, it incorporates lens mounting holes for additional lens support and flange mount Hi-G and vibration resistant lenses.

Vision Research also incorporated two forms of memory with the Miro Airborne. The camera includes 2GB of internal volatile memory for the fast writing of data for high-speed image capture and also features a CompactFlash™ card slot. After the camera is triggered, Miro Airborne immediately writes to its internal memory and then automatically transfers the images to the removable, non-volatile CompactFlash card for safe storage of images and movie files.

Miro Airborne offers users a host of additional benefits:

--  Custom designed sensor with an ISO rating of 4,800 monochrome and
    1,200 color (ISO-12232 Standard)
--  Access to all 12-bits of grayscale information for enhanced detail
--  PC connection for camera programming and control using 10/100 Ethernet
--  Vision Research's Phantom Software allows users to save slow-motion
    movies in popular formats such as QuickTime or AVI, or individual frames as
    JPEG or TIFF images
--  Flexible triggering system
--  Can be connected to a standard analog video monitor (PAL or NTSC)
--  Live video can be fed into the aircraft's telemetry system for ground
    station monitoring
--  IRIG-B input for GPS-derived time reference allows users to time stamp
    each image if running asynchronous to IRIG timing
--  Phase-locking to IRIG allows frame synchronization to GPS timing at
    key frame rates such as 100, 200, 400, 500, 800, and 1000fps (permits
    synchronization of the camera to a time standard or to other cameras
    without additional wiring)
--  All internal electrical components are coated to protect against
    humidity and condensation
    

Additionally, all Miro Airborne digital high-speed cameras will ship with a trial version of Image Systems' TEMA Starter for Phantom motion analysis software. One of the most trusted providers of motion analysis solutions, Image Systems' TEMA software will provide users with the ability to conduct in-depth, quantitative analysis of their high-speed images, allowing them to automatically track three targets and calculate for velocity and acceleration.

Miro Airborne has an anodized flight test orange finish and is available now in the United States starting at an MSRP $45,000. Additional information can be found by visiting http://www.visionresearch.com/index.cfm?sector=htm/files&page=miro_airborne.

About Vision Research

Vision Research designs and manufactures high-speed digital imaging systems used in domains including defense, automotive, engineering, scientific and medical research, industrial and commercial, sports and entertainment, and digital broadcast and cinematography.

The Wayne, N.J.-based company prides itself on the sensitivity, high-resolution and quality of images produced by its systems, robust yet easy-to-use software interfaces, and reliability and versatility of its camera family -- that continues to be the benchmark for all other digital high-speed camera manufacturers.

Vision Research cameras add a new dimension to the sense of sight, allowing the user to see details of an event "when it's too fast to see, and too important not to™." More information on Vision Research can be found at www.visionresearch.com.

Vision Research is a unit of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annualized sales of more than $2.5 billion.

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