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Gimbaled Sensors

FLIR_380XOur gimbal balancing machines provide a means to balance airborne cameras and sensors. This presents many key advantages such as reducing the power needed for torque motors as well as the size and weight of these motors, reducing camera jitter (which takes most of the burden off the stabilizing software). This results in lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles, which have a longer range and more loitering time.

Raptor Scientific gimbal balance machines measure the unbalance of a gimbal about each of its own axes of rotation within tolerances smaller than 0.1 g-cm. These unique systems simultaneously measure the CG location for each pivoting assembly of the gimbal. In order to achieve simultaneous measurement, the gimbaled sensor is mounted on the machine so that the axes of the gimbal are in a vertical plane and each axis is oriented at 45 degrees from the horizontal. The gimbal is then rotated to four positions and the change of CG position is detected. Once the gimbal is perfectly balanced, its CG will not move as the gimbal is rotated about its own axes.

Examples of Classified and Unclassified Gimballed Sensor Systems Balanced on our Instruments

F-35 Lightning II Gimballed Targeting System

F-35 Lightning II Gimballed Targeting System

High-performance, lightweight, multi-function system that provides precision air-to-air and air-to-surface targeting capabilities.





FLIR_380XFLIR Gimballed Laser Targeting-Pointing Systems Star SAFIRE II

Multi-mission, Airworthiness Release-certified electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging for HH-60 Blackhawk.





Lockheed ATP Lockheed Gimballed Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP)

Provides positive target ID, autonomous tracking, GPS integration, and weapons guidance from extended standoff.






Lockheed Martin Gimbal Target Sight System

Multi-sensor EO/IR fire control system for the US Marine Corps AH 1Z Cobra attack helicopter.




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Gyrocam® 15 Series Sensors

Multiple camera, optical, and laser payload configurations for missions across maritime, airborne, and land applications.