FLIR introduces professional-grade thermal imaging camera for UAVS

Sept. 23, 2015
FLIR has introduced a new, professional-grade model of its FLIR Vue thermal imaging camera, which is designed for use on small unmanned aerial vehicles.    

Earlier this year, FLIR Systems Inc. introduced the FLIR Vue thermal imaging camera—a compact, affordable thermal imaging solution designed for use on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Now, FLIR has made a new, professional-grade version of the camera available, featuring expanded capabilities.

Like the standard FLIR Vue, the Vue Pro camera is available in two models: a 640 x 512 and a 336 x 256, both of which feature an uncooled VOx microbolometer thermal imager and a spectral band of 7.5 to 13.5 µm. The new model, however, records digital thermal video— which can be recorded in either MJPEG or H.264 format— along with 14-bit thermal still images, to an on-board micro-SD card.

An Accessory Port gives users direct control of camera functions such as changing the image’s color palettes, starting and stopping recording, and the camera’s e-zoom. With MAVLink compatibility, the Vue Pro interfaces with the standard flight control systems used for mapping, survey, and precision agriculture missions, and can be configured to automatically capture images and annotate each image with the aircraft’s position and other critical flight information. Additionally, Vue Pro comes with a built-in Bluetooh module, allowing users to configure camera options with iOS or Android apps before takeoff.

"Building on the pioneering of the original FLIR Vue, the FLIR Vue Pro puts even more thermal imaging functionality and greater flexibility in the hands of sUAS operators," said Jeff Frank, FLIR’s Senior Vice President for Product Strategy. "The Vue Pro enables commercial drone operators to provide clients with the actionable, temperature-based data to increase efficiency and improve critical business decisions."

View more information on Vue Pro.

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