Spectra View Oblique

Spectra View

Oblique Digital Camera System



5 Color Cameras

  • 4872 x 3248 pixels
  • Dynamic Range 12 bit
  • 1 camera Nadir, 1 camera left, 1 camera right
  • 1 camera forward, 1 camera aft.
  • All oblique cameras at 45 degrees to line of flight


  • Electronic 1/100 - 1/1000 (No moving parts, no life limits)

Light Metering

  • Images are viewed in flight. Exposure times are set by the operator from histograms for each camera. Remote controlled aperture.


  • Each camera/lens combination is totally mapped for radial distortion, PP, MTF, and Flat Field using Airborne Data System's propietary CHARLIE® Calibration System.


  • All optics are Carl Zeiss
  • 153 degree FOV cross track (custom optics available)
  • 71 degree FOV along track (custom optics available)
  • Variable Optics for constant resolution.
  • Nominal Resolution: 4 inch @ 150 Kts.

Camera Deck

including INS and automatic Azimuth Correction Ring. 40-degree left and right drift correction automatically corrected by the INS. Automatic Azimuth Correction Ring is internally mounted in camera deck.
  • Size: 16 inch diameter by 17 inches tall
  • Weight: 35 pounds
  • Operating Temperature: -20°C to +50°C
  • Humidity: 5-95% Non-Condensing
  • Operating Altitude: 25,000 feet Non-pressurized


  • Size: 11x14x17 inches
  • Weight: 28 pounds
  • Operating Temperature: -20°C to +50°C
  • Humidity: 5-95% Non-Condensing
  • Operating Altitude: 25,000 feet Non-pressurized

System Power

  • Total system power is 200 watts at start up and 150 watts continous at 10-30 Volt DC.

Image Storage

  • Solid state removable drives. Drives are swappable in flight.
  • Non-pressurized to 25,000 feet. Maximum storage rate is 2 camera cycles per second.


  • Position Accuracy (1 sigma)
  • Position (m) .10 (DGPS aided)
  • Altitude (m) .2 (DGPS aied)
  • Velocity (m/s) .005 @ 400 Hz
  • Pitch/Roll (mrad) .028
  • Heading (mrad) <.2
  • Drift rate < .25 degree p/hr w/out GPS
  • Velocity Range 0-400 meters per second
  • Acceleration Range 30 g's all axis
  • Alignment time 5 minutes
  • System outputs a full navigation solution @ 50 Hz
  • Accelerometers @ 400 Hz
  • Dual 1553 output
  • FAA approved DGPS antenna

RF/EMI Certification

  • This system meets both civilian and US Air Force requirements for RF/EMI emissions and is certified for operation in small, medium and large US Air Force fixed wing aircraft.


All cameras are co-mounted with the DGPS/INS in precision machined fixture. Band registration and DGPS/INS alignment is accomplished using Band-Match software. All systems use Lord Aerospace vibration isolating mounts that have been tested to meet Section RTCA/DO-160 Section 7.

Custom mounting decks are available


Flight Management System

Flight Planning Software (FPS)

  • Plans flight lines and image centers from shape file or corner coordinates. Calculates image center positions to include side and forward overlap. Calculates number of scenes and mission time. Provide a visual display. Automatically recalculates flight lines and image centers in flight to provide full coverage in changing altitudes.

Spectra View Remote

  • Provides link between the Spectra-View camera system and the System Operator. Provides visual display of the health of the DGPS/INS, cameras, processor and image storage system at start up. Allows System Operator to set shutter speeds and aperture settings to maintain highest quality data for the flight conditions. Displays the camera information in visual quality and histogram format for each camera and respective band.

Course Deviation Indicator (CDI)

  • Displays the precise position of the aircraft in relation to flight line. Displays proposed and actual heading, altitude, speed, flight line number and beginning and ending waypoints.


Processing Software

Band Match Oblique

  • Ties NADIR, left and right cameras together to Ortho-Rectfy image.
  • Matches Forward and Aft Scene to NADIR Scene.
  • Uses imported DEM files, image and header files to automatically Ortho-Rectify images.
  • Exports processed images to assigned files.
  • Exports header files in NITIF format.
  • All processing is done in real time, from navigation solutions stored in header file.



All ADS Spectra-View systems carry a one year warranty, excluding optics. This guarantees 24-hour replacement from our inventory. The systems are replaced, not field repaired, and are shipped same day express freight. All systems have an option for an extended warranty.