|Nano-Sextant Tracking Mount|
|The Nano-Sextant tracking mount is optimized for close-in tracking of high-dynamic airborne targets near the launch or termination stage of an event. Its compact design is ideally suited for small, lightweight sensors and optics best suited for capture of high-resolution images for Engineering Sequential Data (ESD) missions. Yet the Nano-Sextant has the necessary accuracy, payload capacity and dynamic performance to be member of a larger Optical Tracking network, gathering high-accuracy Time-Space-Position-Information (TSPI) data.|
|Maximum portability and verstility is supported with trailer-mounted,
fixed-site and tripod-mounted configurations.
Configuration - The Nano-Sextant was designed for use under various deployment scenarios. The baseline configuration can be ordered with a ruggedized tripod, yet is small enough to be placed on an elevated tower to provide a better view of the event, avoiding the atmospheric effects near the ground including scintillation, heat shimmer, smoke and dust. For maximum portability, the Nano-Sextant can be installed on a 7-foot trailer for rapid deployment at semi-developed locations.
Payload Flexibility - Depending upon your mission needs, a fully-integrated Nano-Sextant can be configured with a combination of long-range / short-range optics or laser range finders. Payload can be mounted on either of the two vertical side plates of the elevation axis, or on horizontal platforms providing up to four sensor stations. While the recommended maximum total payload is 225 pounds, additional payload may be supported with reduced dynamics and accuracies.
Robust Pedestal Construction - Photo-Sonics utilizes Almag‑35, an aluminum-magnesium alloy, which provides excellent corrosion resistance to support long life with minimal maintenance in the harshest environments. We use only full-size bearings to provide the highest stability and accuracies, as opposed to narrow-diameter bearings found in lesser systems. Powerful, low-maintenance DC torque motors are provided in both the azimuth and elevation axis, and are coupled to the 23‑bit absolute-position Inductosyn® encoders.
Pedestal Support Electronics - The electronics support several installation scenarios. A single enclosure, containing the Digital Servo Amplifier (DSA) and the main I/O panel are packaged in single enclosure at the pedestal site. The remaining electronics such as the Base Computer Unit (BCU), Video Switches, Video Trackers, Recorders, etc. are installed in the Operator’s Console which can be located in a mobile Operations Van or at the user’s Mission Operation Center.
Control Software - The ARGUS control software provides
|Operator Console - Photo-Sonics offers a variety of
console configurations, from our full-size console (for
location in mission control center) to a smaller, compact
console suitable for mobile command vehicles or multiple
packing cases for easier transportability. The default connection between
the pedestal and the remote console
is via a single-strand, single-mode 'dark' fiber optic cable, which allows for up to 20-40 km separation. Alternative Interfaces, including shared fiber optics and microwave, are also supported.
A standard console consists of the following items:
· 19" Touch-Screen Monitor
· Video Monitors
· Operator Control Panel
· Mini Keyboard with Control
· Console Computer
· I/O Panel (Fiber optics,
· Optional UPS
The compact, light-weight design of the
· Fixed site
· Ruggedized Tripod
· Customized Trailer
· Tower mounting
|*specifications subject to change|
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