DRONE THERMAL CAMERA
Drone thermal camera airborne gimbal configurations for lightweight
manned/unmanned Aerial Vehicle Drones, UAV, UAS, UGV applications.
The M2D Long Range EOIR Drone thermal camera is now available with
1280 HD IR thermal imaging sensor, The M2D v5 is he worlds smallest,
lightest, Gyro Stabilized HD EOIR/Laser compact gimbal turret
At 160 grams the M2 Drone Gimbal is the worlds smallest fully enclosed gyro-stabilized eo-ir platform. The system features an optical zoom visual camera, a high resolution thermal camera and a true mechanically stabilized platform that will fit on virtually any UAV on the market today. This is the drone gimbal you have been looking for.
M2 Drone Gimbal Visual Camera
The visual daytime imaging module in the M2 is compatible with virtually any wireless transmission or recording systems on the market today. The ultra compact camera has real optical zoom to let you zero in on ground targets of interest while flying at a safe stand off distance. You cant do this with commercial GoPro style cameras that offer super wide angle lenses. These wide FOV (field of view) optics are great for stable imaging of large areas or shooting very close to the subject because a wide FOV makes everything look very stable. But to see detail from high in the sky you need telephoto optics. Once you put telephoto optics on a flying platform the demand for stabilization increases exponentially. Commercial “toy” drones cannot handle true surveillance missions. The M2 Drone Gimbal is a state of the art flying camera system. The optical zoom visual camera has an impressive 6.8x zoom lens and a 2x digital zoom kicker for a total of 13.6X continuous zoom. Commercial drone gimbals typically have an FOV of around 110 degrees (you can stabilize that with your hand) while the M2 visual channel has an extreme telephoto FOV of 2.7 degrees (optical and digital combined). This level of performance is not found in toys under the Christmas tree. This is a professional grade drone gimbal and holds rock steady in all conditions.
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M2 Drone Gimbal Thermal Camera
The thermal imaging component of the M2 makes the system a true EO/IR payload suitable for the most demanding high level missions. Thermal imager modules have always been very large for flying applications. Even the latest commercial FLIR flying thermal modules are larger than the entire M2 drone gimbal package with all sensors and stabilization! This breakthrough in compact high resolution thermal camera systems is what made the M2 possible. Now we can offer not only stunning performance during daylight hours, but equally impressive zero light imaging by including the highest resolution stabilized thermal camera in our system. All the features of the big bloated thermal cores is still inside including polarity, gain/level, color, digital zoom, etc. but the size has been reduced to a mere fingernail. A drone gimbal without a high resolution thermal cam is just another toy.
M2 Drone Gimbal Stabilization
The gyro stabilization of this drone gimbal is what truly separates it from any other option on the market. There are many DIY stabilized platforms that can be kludged together to stabilize a camera. These are good choices for film school production folks but woefully inadequate for surveillance professionals. A professional grade drone is a tool that must be used daily in all types of conditions by a wide range of users that depend on its rugged construction and reliable performance. The security professional does not have time to worry about kit parts and open source tuning/tweaking. The M2 is a fully enclosed drone gimbal that is suitable for use in virtually any conditions that your UAV will fly in. The compact system is factory balanced and gyro stabilized for the onboard sensors. This creates a plug and play drone gimbal camera system that can be integrated into almost any flying robot. We make it easy so you can concentrate on work.
M2 Accessories and Interfaces
The M2 is a complete drone gimbal product suite that includes mounts, tracking modules, IP compression, video recording and SBUS/PWM interface. Whatever you need we can assist in the smooth integration of this drone gimbal into your drone system. Your UAV should make flying easy, we make seeing a breeze.
M2-D Gyro stabilized ISR digital EOIR laser Drone thermal camera for UAV UGV UAS flir gimbal.
Optical Long Range HD flir telephoto zoom in a small lightweight high speed stabilized 159 gram thermal camera gimbal payload.
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the M2D series of drone thermal camera gimbals offers you the lightest, highest performing Long range EO and IR stabilized systems at a competitive price tag.
NOW AVAILABLE WITH FULL EO/IR DIGITAL HD / MICRO HDMI
There are many stabilized EO/ IR CCTV Thermal gimbal systems available for you to choose from today, ONLY the M2D offers you full MILITARY GRADE
ULTRA PRECISION TRACK GYRO STABILIZATION
AT FULL IMAGE NARROW FIELD OF VIEW TRUE TELEPHOTO ZOOM FROM THE EO and IR CAMERAS even in extremely unstable harsh windy environments all in an affordable turnkey plug n play package for AIR and GROUND Applications.
The M2-D is the Ultimate Gyro Stabilized EO/IR gimbal for fixed wing aircraft,
there simply is no better compact affordable dual thermal sensor and HD cctv solution available anywhere.
Sub Mini Multi-Sensor multi Axis Stabilized system with OPTICAL and Electronic zoom on both the EO and IR cameras
COMING SOON M3-D / M4-D and M5-D (HD THERMAL IMAGER @ 1280 resolution) Precision High Zoom Thermal FLIR EO Imaging Camera Gimbals with Advanced Gyro Stabilized Systems
AVAILABLE IN HD 1280 RESOLUTION THERMAL IMAGING CHANNEL
THE LIGHTEST HD LWIR DRONE THERMAL
CAMERA ISR EO/IR GIMBAL
Now available: M2D v5 HD IR 1280 RESOLUTION THERMAL IMAGING FLIR CHANNEL LONG RANGE MULTI SENSOR GYRO STABILIZED EO-IR GIMBAL WITH INFRARED OR RED VISIBLE LASER
BSI CMOS EO IMAGER : HD // COATED SEALED BK7 OPTICS // 31 DEGREE FOV – 0.9 DEGREE FOV ZOOM
THERMAL FLIR IR IMAGER: VGA OR HDIR // COATED SEALED GERMANIUM OPTICS 31 DEGREE FOV – 2.5 DEGREE FOV ZOOM
* LIGHTWEIGHT, SMALL, COMPACT // 159 GRAM BALL
* PROCESSING: FPGA/MDIS
NEW M2D V3 and V4 MODELS AVAILABLE
WE NOW OFFER HIGH DEFINITION HD 1280 RESOLUTION
LWIR HAND SELECT ULTRA SENSITIVE
THERMAL IR IMAGING CHANNEL WITH ZOOM
There are many unmanned EOIR gimbals available in the marketplace to choose from varying in price and performance, the search for the “Perfect” imaging gimbal for your UAV can be a daunting one with so many options, Look no further, SPI has coupled the worlds best materials, mechanicals, electronics and sensors into one divine low cost imaging payload. The affordable M2-D is an all weather, rugged micro mini gimbal for drones, uav, uas, Suas, multicopter, unmanned aerial vehicle, land and marine applications, Rock steady stabilization on all Axis ensures the imagery remains steady while moving. Optical Telescopic telephoto zoom is included in both the EO channel as well as the thermal imaging FLIR camera channel. Weighing in at 160 Grams, the M2/D is the worlds smallest, lightest and highest performing gimbal ball turret payload thats simple to integrate into any platform.
The M2D Family of ultra lightweight, ultra micro compact EO/IR payloads are hand built and developed to meet reliable, high performance demanding Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Targeting/Tracking (IRST) mission applications.
The Long Range, high altitude, high speed capable Precision, Rugged/High Shock, rock steady multi stage, multi axis Gyro Stabilized platform along with Top of the line advanced solid state EO/IR sensors, optics & real time advanced processing make the M2D gimbal ideal for applications such as:
Military, ISR, IRST, Situational awareness, search and rescue, special operations, force protection, maritime, law enforcement, military, over the hill recon, specialty operations & multiple aerial critical missions mounted on FIXED WING, ROTARY WING, SUAV, SUAS, UGV, USV, VTOL, UAV, AEROSTAT, DRONES, BLIMPS, ROBOTICS & a wide array of MANNED AND UNMANNED PLATFORMS
Imaging is displayed in Wide field of view with zoom to get tight distant targets incorporating both optical and digital zoom. similar systems cost 3 to 4 times as much and dont deliver the performance as the M2-D. Priced at $9995, The M2-D is affordable for users seeking high end multi sensor gyro stabilized applications. The M2-D offers Zero backlash extremely accurate positioning, high impact, rugged housing, retractable housing, additional mechanical dampeners to further keep the unit and imagery Rock steady. Ultra smooth powerful yet precise motors with extreme accuracy stabilize the shakiest and harshest/windiest missions. High speed payload aiming with great accuracy mechanics coupled with optimal image quality sensor electronics make the M2-D the premier unmanned eo/ir imaging platform available anywhere.
The M2D is also ideal for Robotic UGV / Unmanned Ground Robotic Vehicle applications in harsh rough terrain true track stabilization at full long range narrow FOV (Field Of View) Zoom from both thermal and CCTV imagers.
The turret can be mounted in a variety of different vertical, horizontal, or custom pitch angled configurations based on mission requirements.
Available with optional IR 850nm or red 650nm 0.5 MRAD laser pointer
The system is suitable for custom drones as well as COTS Multicopters like DJI models. The unit offers phenomenal lift and endurance dynamics along with easy integration for end users, developers, integrators, UAV designers and manufacturers. The M2-D is fully universal and is all open source which ensures simple integration into any system.
The M2D is a precision, high resolution, high sensitivity micro Mini dual-channel EO/IR steerable multi axis stabilized camera with an incredible light weight of 160 grams [5.6 oz]. The M2D provides unparalleled capabilities in its weight category, providing an excellent choice for those in need of a light and powerful camera Gyro Image Stabilized camera system.
- Visible CMOS TV channel EO
- HD Auto Imaging Low Light CMOS sensor
- PAL / NTSC day LLL camera
- OPTICAL and Digital Zoom
- Zoom : x6.8 + x2 digital (x13.6 total) , continuous zoom
- HFOV : 30° WFOV – 4.7° WFOV – 2.3° DFOV
- Thermal Imaging IR channel FLIR
- OPTICAL and Digital Zoom
- PAL / NTSC thermal camera
- Resolution: 660 x 520 / 388 x 288
- LWIR uncooled 7-14µm
- Zoom : Continuous zoom
- HFOV (660×512) : 32° W.FOV – 6.5° D.FOV , continuous zoom
- HFOV (388×288) : 28° W.FOV – 12.8° D.FOV , continuous zoom
- Range of rotation / Data
- System: sealed 100% duty cycle
- Tilt : -45° to 135
- Angular Velocity : Up to 105 deg/sec
- Power Requirement : 9-32 VDC
- Power Consumption : <9W
- Temperature : -20°C to +60°C
- Weight : 160 Grams
- Diameter : 53mm [2.099”]
- Height : 78mm [3.07”]
- Weight : 160 grams [5.5 oz.]The M2-D Gyro stabilized Mini Gimbal ball provides superior image quality both during day and night times, outstanding gyro stabilization, and low power consumption. It incorporates top-of-the-line components: a sensitive thermal FLIR sensor, high-end motors, hardened/coated optics, all at an affordable SWaP package. Ideal for quadcopters, hexacopters, multicopter, fixed wing & rotary, unmanned copters, drones, UAV, UGV, SuAS, balloons, aerostat and all remote vehicles.
The M2-D is a third generation product, the rock steady gyro stabilized EO IR camera is the most powerful, lightest and smallest production gimbal in the world. Fully compatible with all third party software and hardware.
The M2-D delivers EO, ZOOM, IR, Gimbal & Stabilization – all within 160 grams. The EO daytime color/low light camera of the M2D incorporates x6.6 zoom + x2 digital zoom to a total of x13.2 zoom. The thermal FLIR camera channel of the M2-D can incorporate either 640×512 or 384×288 resolution. Spi has been building robust high quality EOIR equipment for almost 2 decades for industrial, law enforcement, law eforcement and military customers.
Info release 9/11/15
Micro Stabilized FLIR Thermal and Visual UAV Payload M2-D
SIERRA PACIFIC SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 GIMBAL, STABILIZED GIMBAL, UNCATEGORIZED LEAVE A COMMENT
A micro gimbal for UAV and vehicle use that only weighs 160 grams is an amazing thing all by itself. But a micro gimbal that weighs 160 grams, has both a FLIR thermal camera and a visual camera with optical zoom and is gyro stabilized now that is something that you would call impossible. But its not. It is real. The unbelievable new M2-D micro stabilized gimbal features a 640×480 high resolution thermal camera with all the features (gain, level, polarity, color, digital zoom, etc). Co located is a very nice EO visual camera with OPTICAL zoom. Thats right this is not a kludge digital zoom but a true optical zoom down to 4.5 degrees FOV. Then of course there is a digital zoom kicker on top of that. Normally a 4 degree FOV in a UAV or ground vehicle will produce a very shaky unusable image. Thats why everyone fly’s with the consumer grade GoPro with its super wide angle lens. When using wide angle optics it is very easy to get smooth relatively shake free images but it is also very hard to get usable imagery and detail from any altitude. Try reading license plates with a GO PRO (maybe if your flying at 10′ AGL). The M2-D has advanced gyro stabilization just like the $1,000,000 FLIR balls that they fly on helicopters and military aircraft. This degree of stabilization is way beyond the consumer Chinese stuff you see on the web. With the Micro M2-D Gyro Stabilized EO/IR gimbal you can zoom in and read license plates from hundreds of feet AGL. This becomes a very useful tool for a wide range of applications. Ideal for a multitude of rotary and fixed wing uav’s, uas, ugv, multicopters, quadcopters, hexacopters. The unit is also compatible with DJI products.
The M2-D is built to the most exacting standards to withstand the harsh environment of UAV and Ground vehicle operation. There are also a host of accessories to make integration into any flying platform a breeze. There is a series of mounting options starting with a basic hard mount shock absorbing plate all the way up to a full blown retractable affair that can lift the payload completely up and into the body of the UAV when needed.
Control is also simple. There is a PC interface for bench use or integration into a larger software driven system. But, the most popular feature is the handy protocol converters. These tiny boxes can interface with any common Radio Control format. There is a PWM interface and a hot SBUS interface. Both easily integrate with auto pilot or manual controllers. They are both fully map-able via USB interface and included software.
Finally (as if this wasn’t enough), there is a geo reference tracking module that allows the unit to be directed to specific geo target locations and also return specific coordinates of any spot on the ground being viewed. This is real top end hardware and amazingly available in the ultra compact Micro Stabilized M2-D gimbal platform.
Its clear that the UAV imaging payload world has been stood on its head by SPI CORP. The M2-D is higher performance than any other system on the market. But that’s just the beginning of the story. The M2-D is about 1/4 the size of anything else on the market with these features and to seal the deal it is also a fraction of the price of anything ever made. The M2-D can also be custom installed onto military and industrial aerial vehicles such as aerostats, balloons, and a wide array of airborne, mobile, vehicle, marine and fixed platforms with radar, gps & remote sensing / tracking applications.
Size: 160g palm of the hand
Payload: FLIR THERMAL AND VISUAL WITH OPTICAL ZOOM
Stabilization: GYRO STABILIZED
Price: Fraction of any other system.
The M2D UAS gimbal is compatible with all drones including the dji phantom, inspire series, s900, s1000
The M2D UAV/Drone Thermal imaging FLIR EOIR gyro stabilized gimbal can easily be configured for side mounting, ball up or ball down mounting preferences.
– ADDED KLV TAGS: PLATFORM HEADING ANGLE, PLATFORM PITCH ANGLE, PLATFORM ROLL ANGLE, IMAGE COORDINATE SYSTEM (5,6,7,12)
– UPDATED TO WORK WITH THE NEW SPI EO-IR ISR VIDEO CONTROL LIBRARY
– ADDED VGA SUPPORT.
– ADDED DRAWING OF OSD FIELDS FOR VGA.
– REMOVED ROTATION FIX.
NEW SPI HD GIMBAL COMMAND AND CONTROL ISR VIDEO PLAYER VERSION AVAILABLE.
– ADDED KLV TAGS: PLATFORM HEADING ANGLE, PLATFORM PITCH ANGLE, PLATFORM ROLL ANGLE, IMAGE COORDINATE SYSTEM (5,6,7,12)
– ADDED DRAWING OF OSD FIELDS FOR VGA.
M2D micro gyro stabilized drone gimbal shown mounted on DJI Phantom UAV, The M2D Mounts to all DJI UAV’s and All commercial and custom drones. The gimbal is ideal for short, mid, and long range zoom remote sensing applications.
Background: Military unmanned vehicles UAV’s of today and tomorrow rely heavily on electro-optical EO Infrared IR sensor payloads to perform their missions.
These are the sensors that detect light in many different spectra, and enable unmanned vehicles to see. Electro-optical Infrared EOIR payloads are the sensors
that enable unmanned vehicles (UAV/UAS/DRONE) to see and avoid obstacles, detect movement, navigate accurately, find the enemy, and warn of the potential
for buried improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Designers of electro-optical Infrared Thermal EOIR – T sensor payloads for unmanned vehicles are under intense
pressure to evolve their technologies to keep pace with fast-moving trends in the unmanned vehicles industry. Perhaps in no other market are needs for ever-smaller,
lighter, and less expensive payloads as urgent as they are in the unmanned vehicles business. Small size, weight, and power consumption-known by its ubiquitous
acronym SWaP-is a paramount concern.
Unmanned systems, UAV’s Uas, Suas, Drones, Unmanned Robots, especially the airborne variety, are proliferating at an explosive rate, and demand is extending
beyond the military to more cost-sensitive industries such as law enforcement, agriculture, commercial remote sensing, traffic monitoring, and sporting events.
Put simply, a growing number of people need unmanned vehicles that are small, inexpensive, and reliable, and they need electro-optical sensor payloads to match.
Not only is there demand for ever-smaller, lighter, and less expensive electro-optical Infrared IR (thermal FLIR imaging, Thermal imaging IR Infrared Camera)
Gimbal Turret payloads, but demand for capability also is increasing.
As electro-optical and electronic component technology becomes smaller, lighter, and more affordable, payload designers sometimes have the option of choosing
between smaller size and weight, or more capability. Sometimes they strive to do both, and this presents some interesting possibilities in design tradeoffs.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are at the forefront of unmanned vehicle research, development, and procurement. Although no less important than
unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and unmanned marine vehicles, it is the UAV that is setting the agenda for unmanned electro-optical sensor payloads.
At the top of that UAV/UAS/Drone/Robot agenda is a broad trend toward large and growing numbers of relatively small UAVs that can provide local-area
and short-duration surveillance-the kinds of UAVs that can provide squad leaders a view over the next hill.
In the not-too-distant past there was a big push on developing sensor technology, and size and weight didn’t matter because DOD had large aircraft like
Global Hawk and Predator, as well as manned aircraft, hyperspectral imaging sensors are small and rugged enough to fit on relatively small UAVs.
Hyperspectral imaging is a sophisticated discipline that samples a wide variety of bandwidths in the light spectrum to provide a rich data set and detect
objects of interest not visible to single-bandwidth imaging sensors.
The key element to to reduce size and weight, that is Key!
Engineers started with a very small gimbal, and added high-definition visible-light video along with hyper spectral sensor payload.
The imperative for small size and light weight has forced mfg’s to a common material set able to withstand harsh environmental
conditions such as the stress placed on UAV takeoffs and landings. “The tarmac in the Middle East can be 120 degrees, and the payload must go to
thousands of feet a few minutes later where it is much colder,”
As electro-optical Infrared (Thermal imaging FLIR camera) Gimbal Turrets (EOIR FLIR) payloads for unmanned vehicles must continue to shrink in size,
the engineering challenges become heavier and force engineers to make some custom designs where years ago they would have considered only off-the-shelf solutions.
Many thermal cameras and shortwave infrared (SWIR) cameras available off the shelf are not made to withstand the physical rigors of small UAV, As a result,
Companies have been forced to evaluate the size of electro-mechanical elements of these sensors, and invest in new detector technology for electro-mechanical components
Custom design like this does not come cheaply, but electro-optical payload designers are seeking cost savings elsewhere.
The Evolution of Small lightweight affordable EOIR Thermal imaging Gimbal Turret Payloads incorporating
FLIR TV SWIR MWIR LWIR, CCD, BSTFA, Color Night vision, Cooled and Uncooled Infrared Technology will continue
To advance with the advent of smaller more efficient and sensitive detectors and lasers, The Gyro Stabilization will Get much better and smaller as well
The M2D Mini UAV UAS DRONE Thermal Gimbal Payload Represents one of the smallest stabilized EOIR LWIR Uncooled Gimbal in the market today!
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