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Rotorcraft Report: AXSYS Acquires Cineflex, Markets Hybrid IR/HD Video System

By Staff Writer | October 1, 2007

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The infrared imaging company AXSYS Technologies $27.5 million acquisition of digital video outfit Cineflex in April cleared the way for AXSYS to market a video camera and IR imager using the best of both manufacturers’ abilities. The result is AXSYS’ Cineflex V14 MSII global-stabilized Multi-Sensor.

The V14 MSII offers a state-of-the-art IR imager with a 640X512 15µm InSb sensor. The high-definition daylight imager uses a Sony HC-1500 camera with 1920X1080 effective pixels. Minimum illumination is 10 lux (F1.4 + 12 dB gain up). And with a brisk slew rate of more than 50 deg per second, the operator doesn’t have to worry about falling behind the action. Auto-tracking for hands-off target lock is available as an option.

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Marketed as a tool for any organization with a need to pick up fine details from a distance, the V14 MSII is a valuable system for airborne electronic news-gathering, but it has also found a home aboard several public service aircraft, including those belonging to the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration, the Los Angeles County Sheriff and Los Angeles City fire departments. In fact, as a test of the system’s capabilities, Cineflex dispatched a helicopter with one of its units to shoot aerial footage over New Orleans, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Disaster officials saw the quality of the images and contacted the company asking for live feeds.

The images shown to Rotor & Wing were indeed very clear, and provided a close-up view of the interior of a convertible automobile from an altitude of 12,000 ft and a distance of 12 mi laterally. A laser pointer is also available as an option for covert law enforcement operations.

AXSYS sells the V14 MSII for around $700,000. — By Ernie Stephens

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