M2-D Gyro stabilized digital EO IR Drone UAV UAS Gimbal with FLIR thermal imaging camera, optical telephoto zoom in a small Robotic lightweight 160 gram payload.
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 Precision High Zoom Thermal FLIR EO Imaging Camera Gimbals with Advanced Gyro Stabilized Systems
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. 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 applications.
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
- 1024×768 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 : x4/2 digital, 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 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 gimbal is compatible with all drones including the dji phantom, inspire series, s900, s1000
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
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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