Aug. 1, 2004

Indigo changes camera name to ThermoVision Micron

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Officials of Indigo Systems, a division of FLIR Systems, in Goleta, Calif., are changing the name of their Omega miniature uncooled camera to ThermoVision Micron. Company leaders are changing the camera's name, as well as reducing its price by 25 percent, to make the camera more affordable to systems integrators who would like to evaluate the device for use in infrared applications. ThermoVision Micron is a commercially developed and military-qualified camera that is part of the U.S. Army Raven and Marine Corps Dragon Eye unmanned-aerial-vehicle systems. For more information, contact Indigo online at

Army chooses Northrop Grumman for target laser rangefinder

U.S. Army leaders are choosing Northrop Grumman Corp. Laser Systems division in Apopka, Fla., to provide the Mark VII lightweight, handheld target-location system, which has an eye-safe laser rangefinder as well as switchable direct-view day vision and image-intensifying night vision to help ground forces pinpoint enemy targets. Northrop Grumman is building 1,008 Mark VII laser systems under terms of the $35 million Army contract. The most common users of the system are forward observers, forward air controllers, and long-range reconnaissance patrols. The Mark VII has an embedded digital magnetic compass, and provides range, azimuth, and elevation digital data for determining target location.

Opto Diode unveils silicon PIN photodiode

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Engineers at Opto Diode Corp. in Newbury Park, Calif., are offering their high-performance ODD-5W silicon PIN photodiode, which has responsivity from 400 to 1,100 nanometers. The photodiodes also exhibit low dark current and low capacitance, and have a 2.52-millimeter active area diameter. The device stores and operates in temperatures between –55 and 100 degrees Celsius, and is for applications such as military, aerospace, medical instrumentation, and industrial photo control. For more information, contact Opto Diode online at

FLIR adds software tools to GSA schedule for government buyers

Officials of FLIR Systems Inc. in North Billerica, Mass., are adding their ThermaCAM RTools software suite to the General Service Administration (GSA) schedule, which will enable government buyers to purchase the software directly from FLIR Systems. The ThermaCAM RTools software helps scientists and researchers measure the thermographic and radiometric aspects of dynamic events. The software has modules for data acquisition, infrared-camera calibration, archiving and maintenance, and data review and analysis. For information, visit

Custom-fabricated durable sapphire windows offered

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Officials of Meller Optics Inc. in Providence, R.I., are offering custom-fabricated durable sapphire windows for use as viewports, protective covers, and front-surface optics in hostile environments. The windows feature Moh 9 surface hardness for optimum abrasion resistance and a window measuring 3 inches in diameter by 1/4-inch thick. The windows are manufactured to specification and can withstand pressures as intense as 10,000 pounds per square inch. They are second to diamond in hardness and are impervious to water, most acids, alkalis, and harsh chemicals to temperatures as hot as 1,000 degrees Celsius. For more information, contact Meller Optics online at

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