Close Range High Speed Video Tracking

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Raytheon Technologies
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High-speed object tracking solutions exist at high price points. Tracking high-speed objects at close range with high-speed video equipment is nontrivial due to the high angular rate of motion required. This project presents a low-cost method for tracking high-speed objects by reducing the mass of a rotating assembly through the incorporation of a large scanning mirror and a stationary camera.

The design uses a combination of custom and commercial off-the-shelf hardware and software components packaged in a robust manner that can be used outdoors in conjunction with external high-speed video equipment to capture detailed video of dynamic events. The team designed and built a custom motor-controlled structure that controls the scanning mirror in both azimuth and elevation. This ensures that the object can be imaged by the high-speed camera at all times.

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