Earth Mapping

Earth Mapping

In June of 2001, computers all over the world were introduced to a new concept called Google Earth; or earth mapping. When launched on a computer, you start in outer space and miraculously zoom in.  However, the leaders at Google Earth are quick to point out that it’s not just one picture; it’s actually a […]

Night Vision Goggles

4-Tube Night Vision Goggles

Many US Special Operations Forces (SOF) operations happen under the cover of night. American’s elite warriors employ various electronic equipment to let them see into the shadows. These include thermal imagers and image-intensifying 4-tube night vision goggles (NVG).

Military Robots

Military Robots

The military has always been at the cutting edge of technology. Some of the most advanced robots in the world are being built with military robots in mind.

Detecting Counterfeits

Precision Lenses and Detecting Counterfeits

As technology increases, the art of counterfeiting increases. The digital technology revolution has had a profound effect on counterfeiting technology. Each of the three major steps involved in digital imaging technology is used in counterfeiting: (1) acquiring the image, (2) processing the image, and (3) printing the image. When we think about counterfeiting, we most […]

Mars Rover

CHemCam – identifying and targeting rocks

CHemCam – identifying and targeting rocks – laser technology/laser lenses  On August 5th, 2016, NASA’s newest rover arrived on Mars carrying a host of state-of-the-art instruments, including the head-mounted, rock-zapping lazer called ChemCham. Chemistry and Camera complex (ChemCam) is a suite of remote sensing instruments on Mars for the Curiosity rover. As the name implies, […]

Underwater Explosive

Autonomous Underwater Munitions and Explosives of Concern Detection System

During this time of vigilance against terrorist activity, in situ detection and testing of seawater for trace levels of explosives is a high priority of the Navy and the DoD, both for protection of U.S. personnel and assets and for environmental monitoring of Navy-patrolled littoral waters. NRL has immersed itself in this project and surfaced […]

Off-the-Shelf Optical System Designs

Manufacturers understand they can save money on the lens manufacture process if they can utilize commercial off the shelf (COTS) products. In many areas of military design and government agencies, this COTS model is being adopted because it is a cost saving measure. The key factor to making this a viable option is to find […]

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Eye-Safe Laser Aircraft Tracking Devices Developed

Researchers in the UK have been working on a tracking system that is based on eye-safe lasers to enable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), aircraft and satellites to transmit data to ground stations quickly, security and efficiently. The concept has been tested successfully in-flight. The system, which aims a laser designed with a custom lens that […]

Navigation By Stars

Navigation Equipment For Ships And Submarines Continue To Advance

In decades past, the navigation of ships, submarines and other sea-faring vessels was performed by steering toward the stars or navigating using the moon or the sun. Today’s ship navigation officers have highly advanced navigational equipment at hand that make the sea journey safer and smoother. Here are a few of the many navigational pieces […]

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Laser Technologies For The Military

Military officials understand that laser pointers are a welcome technology, especially during training exercises; learn more at universeoptics.com