ULIS has completed the transfer of its uncooled microbolometer production process to its new facility in a building adjacent to its parent company, SOFRADIR. This includes both the front-end processing which had been done at CEA/LETI and the packaging which had been done at SOFRADIR.
Attendees of SPIE’s Infrared Technology & Applications (IRT&A) Conference - which was held in Orlando during the week of April 21 - were treated to a rare glimpse of some of the current and future sensor requirements for U.S. strategic programs, including ballistic missile defense and early warning systems. Dr. Meimei Tidrow of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), who organized the session, provided an overview of MDA sensor technology.
International attention on the SARS virus outbreak has provided a new application for thermal imaging cameras: the monitoring of travelers for any sign of an elevated body temperature. Typically, if a skin temperature over 37.5ºC (99.5ºF) is detected then a follow-up is carried out with a conventional thermometer.
Northrop Grumman’s Electro-Optical Systems business unit plans to consolidate its night vision components manufacturing operations by relocating most of them from its Garland, Texas site to its Tempe, Arizona facility. Most of the consolidation will involve image intensifier-based systems.
DRS Technologies has merged its DRS Sensor Systems unit with the DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems unit into a single corporation.