Tethered Aerostat Technology for US Army 25 Jan 2022
Thermal detectors capture infrared radiation emitted by objects above absolute zero temperature. They are able to perform day and night, and in all weather conditions.
Since the introduction of infrared detector technology, previous cooled thermal detector technology – that worked at cryogenic temperatures and had moving parts – has transformed into small, less expensive uncooled microbolometers. These rugged systems have no moving parts and therefore require less maintenance.
Thermal imaging has found use in a large number of military and defense applications including regular use for border surveillance and law enforcement.
It can be used in the naval sector for ship collision avoidance and ship guidance systems.
Thermal imaging reduces the risks of flying in low light or night-time conditions as well as aiding in identifying, locating and targeting enemy forces.
Thermal imaging cameras can also be used in maintenance applications on vehicles, for example in fuselage inspection for detecting possible defects including cracks, de-bonding, engine parts with uneven temperatures, exhaust leaks, loose components, and overheated bearings.