Sky-Watch Integrates FLIR Quark 640 Thermal Infrared Imager into Small UAV

FLIR QUARK 640 Tops Competition

Quark and Sky-Watch
Quark and Sky-Watch

Online  —  Based in Denmark, Sky-Watch has integrated a FLIR Quark 640 longwave infrared thermal sensor into their Huginn X1 drone to give customers a thermal vision option.

Originally, the X1 was designed to manage a single payload. But due to FLIR Quark 640′s compact size, Sky-Watch has been able to design a dual-payload version that is capable of simultaneously operating a FLIR Quark 640 thermal camera core and a visible spectrum camera.

Sky-Watch’s main customers are within emergency management, which covers fire brigades, police, security, and search and rescue.

All of their customers have in common the need to see at night so they can find missing or camouflaged people. Night vision cameras were too bulky for their platform.

“Besides,” Michael Messerschmidt, Sky-Watch Business Development Manager, said, “for base protection and compound protection, if you want to see somebody who is sneaking around, thermal is much better.”

Sky-Watch scoured the market for the right thermal camera core to use on the X1. They looked at companies in Germany, the United Kingdom, India, China, and the U.S.

All of them claimed to have a small camera core that would suit their needs, yet the smallest was more comparable in size to FLIR Tau. In fact, Sky-Watch considered using a Tau 640 before they learned about the FLIR Quark 640 .

Quark 2 Uncooled Thermal Imaging Camera Cores

A quantum leap ahead in the design and capability of longwave thermal camera cores, Quark 2 provides leading-edge imaging performance and reliability in an affordable, compact, lightweight package. Quark 2 is available in 336 and 640 resolutions, both with 17-micron pixels. With high shock and vibration tolerance, Quark 2 is designed for years of maintenance-free operation.

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About Sky-Watch:

Headquartered in Denmark, Sky-Watch has since 2009 developed, manufactured and implemented high-tech solutions for real-
time decision making in complex environments worldwide. Sky-Watch’s R&D competencies encompasses unmanned systems, advanced embedded control software, integrated industrial design and intuitive user interfaces. Sky-Watch is owned by the Danish equity fund Dangroup ApS and Borean Innovation. They currently employ 20 highly educated and motivated employees, in an innovative and open environment with focus on their customers needs.
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