Open Skies Digital Visual Imaging System
DVIS uses a combination of off the shelf and custom hardware running a unique software package. Our approach allows tailoring of the system for any aircraft environment.
The on-aircraft system consists of a selectable number of color and/or panchromatic optical sensors (up to 14 cameras) arranged in pairs or quads. Camera lens focal lengths can be customized to a particular minimum altitude and can be placed in up to four optional camera stabilization systems (gimbals). The gimbals provide vibration isolation from the aircraft and stabilized imagery compensating for aircraft attitude.
Imagery is stored on removable solid state drives hosted in the image capture nodes. Each image capture node can support up to three cameras. The drives are removed from the system at the end of the mission for transport to a processing facility. The mapping camera control computer manages camera settings, image distribution to operators and system status.
The user interface consists of moving map and real time displays to plan, monitor and control all aspects of the system. The airborne operators station computer provides user interface generation and manages the start-up and verification of the system from a blank state. All mission software is loaded prior to each mission via the operators station.
Aircraft interfaces for power and navigation data are provided by the uninterruptible power supplies and data concentrator unit (respectively). The modular nature of the system allows for use of a stand-alone navigation unit in place of the data concentrator, if desired. The entire system communicates on a single Ethernet data bus backbone to simplify installation and integration, as well as provide open architecture communications for future system enhancements.
Fixed Ground Processing
DVIS includes a digital ground processing station (DGPS) for post-mission analysis and generation of Open Skies Digital Data Exchange Format imagery. Solid state drives from the aircraft can be inserted directly into the image ingest server using the toolless drive sled technology common to the ground and airborne system. Images can be selected and rejected prior to processing. Processing is performed on parallel image processing nodes to decrease total processing time. Final imagery is written to up to four identical export drives for sharing and dissemination. The ground processing station is self-contained in a single 42U server rack to minimize footprint.
Mobile Ground Processing
DVIS is also provisioned with a mobile digital ground processing system (MDGPS) for on-aircraft processing/analysis, deployed site assessments or demonstration flight support. The mobile system runs the same software package as the fixed station, but on a single server with attached monitor/keyboard tray all contained within a portable rugged transit case.
DVIS has been approved for export to all Open Skies member nations under ECCN 9A991.d (CCATS G172193). Export controlled to Iran, Sudan, Syria, North Korea and Cuba.
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Each DVIS component was selected to be survivable and effective in extreme aircraft environments. The open architecture, modular design of DVIS provides numerous opportunities for customization and integration for unique aircraft configurations and system requirements.
The camera is the heart of DVIS. We have integrated the exceptional 86MP CM-11K camera module from Teledyne Optech paired with lenses from Rochester Precision Optics and placed in dual or quad camera assemblies designed by Consolidated Resource Imaging. We currently provide 28mm, 166mm and 188mm focal length lenses, but can tailor focal lengths and lens filters for any application or altitude.
Camera Data Sheet: CM-11K Spec Sheet
- - 120013K902-23 (Dual Assembly, Color & Panchromatic, 188mm lens)
- - 120013K902-25 (Dual Assembly, Color & Panchromatic, 166mm lens)
- - 120013K902-27 (Quad Assembly, Red, Green, Blue, Near Infrared, 28mm lens)
Camera Stabilization System
The camera stabilization systems, or gimbals, are custom designed components from Consolidated Resource Imaging. The smaller gimbal design supports a single dual assembly. The larger gimbal accommodates either a single quad assembly or up to three dual assemblies for greater swath width.
- - 120013K902-19 (Small Gimbal)
- - 120013K902-21 (Large Gimbal)
Sensor Control Unit
The sensor control unit is a unique component from Consolidated Resource Imaging that provides power distribution and control to the camera stabilization systems and camera assemblies. The control unit supports up to four gimbals and 14 cameras.
Part Number: 120013K902-17
The image capture nodes, mapping camera control computer and airborne operators station computer all utilize a common server configuration based on an off the shelf RS3784L24 server from Crystal Group. The image capture nodes contain additional internal components to support image capture.
- - 120013K902-1 (Mapping Camera Control Computer & Airborne Operators Station Computer)
- - 120013K902-3 (Image Capture Node)
Data Concentrator Unit
The data concentrator unit is an off the shelf Astronics AB2000 running customized software to support a particular aircraft integration.
Part Number: 120013K902-15
DVIS utilizes an off the shelf Curtiss-Wright DuraNet 20-10 Ethernet switch.
Part Number: 120013K902-5
Uninterruptible Power Supply
Power for critical components of the DVIS is secured with a number of Acumentrics ANG1251 Rugged UPS devices, based on the configuration of the system.
Part Number: 120013K902-7
DVIS provides 21.5" 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution modified off the shelf Aydin Model 4322 flat panel video monitors.
Part Number: 120013K902-13
The optional optical disc capability is a customized unit provided by Mountain Secure Systems.
Part Number: 120013K902-11
The DVIS software package provides mission management, camera control and operator situational awareness along with image processing into treaty-compliant Open Skies Digital Data Exchange Format (OSDDEF) files.
- 120013K903-1 (DVIS Application Software)
- 120013K908-1 (DGPS Application Software)