Mobile Compact Optical Tracking Systems


Mobile Compact Optical Tracking Systems

Tracking systems which allow the automatic tracking of objects ranging from Aircraft to Golf Balls. The systems come in a variety of sizes and price ranges and can be tailored to suit your requirements.


The Photo-Sonics Compact Tracking Mount (CTM) provides a high performance TSPI, vibration-free data gathering system in a rugged, portable configuration. A primary goal was to design a system that could be transported, set up and operated by one individual, while retaining features of the typically larger tracking mounts. With over 30 years of experience in designing and manufacturing tracking systems, Photo-Sonics has incorporated the same high performance and quality engineering found in the field-proven Cine-Sextant Tracking Mount.


The CTM utilizes three custom, direct-drive torque motors which provide 1500 foot-pounds of torque in the azimuth axis and 750 foot-pounds of torque in the elevation axis. This high level of torque is provided to maintain maximum dynamic tracking accuracy when the CTM is moved in close to the target and when high acceleration is required. It is also essential for maintaining consistent tracking performance with heavy or unbalanced payloads.


All major structural members including the base casting, azimuth carriage, and instrumentation platforms are cast of high strength aluminium alloy. The overall dimensions and weight of the CTM allow for air transportation in a C-130 and attachment hardware on the trailer is provided for lifting the system by crane or helicopter. Four motorized jacks, located at the extreme corners of the trailer, provide a wide footprint for a stable tracking base. The CTM is offered in both man-in-the-mount configuration and/or an unmanned remote control console configuration.


Key Features:

  • Computer Based Precision Tracking System
  • Highly Mobile
  • Full Computer Integration of all Sensors and Controls
  • Manned or Unmanned Operation
  • Multiple Sensors
  • Complete Control Software
  • 4 Primary Payloads + 2 Auxiliary
  • Remote Control Console with Fiber-Optic
  • Protective Shelter


Video Gallery:

Compact Tracking Mount (CTM) - Interceptions
This video shows the tracking performance of the Compact Tracking Mount delivered in 2000. It was one the first commercial deliveries of a single station solution on an optical tracking mount. In the first several sequences, the CTM is tracking a series of ground-to-air interceptions using a monochrome video sensor and zoom lens up to 3000mm. The last sequence shows a MWIR sensor and dual focal length lens tracking a missile interception (look to the upper left to see the target as the missile closes in on the target).



For more technical details, contact a member of the team at Photo-Sonics International Ltd.




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