Mercury Computer system enables airborne digital reconnaissance in extreme environments

AUGUST 24--Recon/Optical Inc. (ROI--a subsidiary of Bourns Inc.; Riverside CA; www.roi.bourns.com/) has selected the Mercury Computer Systems Inc. (Chelmsford, MA) RACE++ conduction-cooled multicomputer for use in its new CA-279 dual-spectral-band aerial-reconnaissance camera.

Aug 24th, 2001

AUGUST 24--Recon/Optical Inc. (ROI--a subsidiary of Bourns Inc.; Riverside CA; www.roi.bourns.com/) has selected the Mercury Computer Systems Inc. (Chelmsford, MA) RACE++ conduction-cooled multicomputer for use in its new CA-279 dual-spectral-band aerial-reconnaissance camera. The RACE++ multicomputer will perform image processing on the sensor platform, enabling nearly real-time reconnaissance.

"The CA-279 digital camera can produce infrared and visible spectrum images simultaneously, providing military commanders and other key decision makers with nearly real-time intelligence to analyze battlefields and other key sites,'' said ROI CA-279 program manager Steve Wyatt. "Mercury's conduction-cooled system enables the camera to be deployed in the extremely harsh environments often encountered during reconnaissance missions.''

Mercury's rugged systems were designed for demanding environments such as battlefield conditions and high altitudes, where extreme temperatures, humidity, dirt, and dust can degrade reconnaissance imagery. Built to Level-3 ruggedization specifications, the systems will endure the increased vibration and lower air pressure that result from operating in these extreme environments. The camera will process more frames per minute and provide higher-quality images than previously possible from high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, while occupying less space.

Photographs of the CA-279 camera and images photographed by the camera are available on Mercury's Web site: www.mc.com/pressroom/imagelibrary/index.html and ROI's Web site: www.roi.bourns.com/gallery/CA-270%20image.htm.

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