The Flight Follower has been developed to meet the high speed imaging needs of modern ammunition designers. With a recently upgraded motorised mount and larger mirror, the system can be controlled remotely allowing foreasy set up and removes the need to manually adjust the camera and mirror. Data can be entered into the softwareand the system adjusts according to the numbers entered. The system consists of a computer controlled triggeredrotating mirror positioned in front of a High Speed Video camera. The mirror is programmed to rotate at the correctspeed such that the camera will “follow” the projectile as it passes the Flight Follower position. Typically, the system will track the trajectory for 100 metres or more as the mirror scans a 90-degree arc providing high quality images of the projectile in flight. The system has several modes of operation which are software selected depending upon the individual conditions of the test. The Flight Follower will track all medium and large calibre projectiles as well as other objects such as rockets, rocket assisted projectiles, sledge track tests etc. Horizontal or elevated firings can be recorded.Our latest product offers much improved performance whilst eliminating the need for calibration. Also, the combined functionally of the hardware and software greatly simplifies system operation without limiting flexibility.
Key features include:
♦ Better than 0.1° tracking accuracy over 90° scan.
♦ Remote operation via dedicated MS Windows software including set-up Wizards ensure optimised set-up for all geometries including Horizontal, Inclined and Skewed.
♦ Fixed, Measured or User Defined Velocity Profile modes with Multiple trigger (up to 256) inputs and built in Trigger delay.
♦ Real-time (10MHz) mirror position control enables in-flight velocity and acceleration correction.
♦ ‘Mirror Halt’ function stops the mirror in mid flight for impact analysis.
♦ Standard Housing accommodates most High Speed Video systems.
♦ Housing allows camera focusing without obscuring flight path.
♦ High optical throughput due large mirror, angled Optical Axis and optimised optical components for Visible or IR applications standard.
♦ High Mechanical Stability with benefit of remote/automated tilt, skew and twist.
♦ Double Axis or Extended Trajectory analysis using two synchronised or more units.
The combination of in-built instrumentation and software set-up wizards greatly simplifies range surveying andequipment configuration which minimises set-up time and ensures optimum configuration for the range, projectileand camera. We also supply the video analysis software if required.