Tracking Flying Targets using New Generation of Trajectory Trackers & High-Speed IR Cameras

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
14:00 GMT/UTC
10:00 AM US Eastern Time
Speakers: Stéphane Boubanga-Tombet, Tohoku University, Japan, and
                   Jolyon Cleaves, Specialised Imaging, UK
Sponsored by GRSS

Tracking Flying Targets using New Generation of Trajectory Trackers & High-Speed IR Cameras

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Tracking flying targets and measuring their dynamic parameters is of growing interest for space scientist and army as well as sport scientist. Specialised Imaging designs and manufactures high performance trajectory tracking platforms for high-speed video and measurement. Simultaneously with the tack of the flying target, the measurements of its surface temperature and the study of the heat exchange dynamics with its surrounding environment is very important, for instance for assessing the performances of materials for the fabrication of bombs, cannons, as well as thermal protection systems used by planetary-entry and Earth-return missions.

In this webinar, Telops high-speed Infrared cameras and a Specialised Imaging trajectory tracker were used to track a space re-entry probe at supersonic velocities and measure its in-flight heat transfer with the surrounding atmosphere. Physical phenomena such as shock waves were successfully captured by the IR camera and the interaction between the probe and the shock waves were studied. The unique features of Telops IR cameras combined with trajectory trackers make them perfect investigation tools to bring the ballistic tracking and research to the next level.

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SPEAKER’S BIO:

Stéphane Boubanga-Tombetwas born in 1978 in the republic of the Congo, he received his MS and PhD degrees in condensed matter physics from Montpellier 2 University in France in 2005 and 2008, respectively. From 2008 to 2009, he worked for Montpellier 2 University as a teacher and research assistant. From 2009 to 2011, he joined the Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, in Sendai Japan, as a postdoctoral researcher granted by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). After that he worked for Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico, USA as a postdoctoral researcher until Jun 2013. He is currently working as an Associate Professor at the Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University. He has authored about 43 peer-reviewed papers cited more than 1000 times according to Web of Knowledge with an h-index of 17. His current research interests include III-V based plasmonics based emitters and receivers in the mid and far Infrared regions, graphene based materials/devices, gaphene active plasmonics and their infrared and terahertz applications.

Jolyon Cleaves has a background is Aerospace engineering (Degree), but moved into sales – starting at DRS Hadland where he began learning about Ultra High-speed imaging systems – framing and streak cameras. He then moved onto selling Phantom high speed cameras initially for Photo-Sonics International in 2000 and then directly for Vision Research from 2007. Joined Specialised Imaging in 2018 as sales and marketing director.

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