The US Navy is preparing to test out a new camera developed to provide submarine commanders with an instant view of surrounding waters.
The camera, developed by Westborough, Massachusetts-based RemoteReality, is targeted as an upgrade for submarines with so-called Type 18 periscopes, which are used on all Los Angeles- and Seawolf-class submarines.
Existing submarine periscopes do allow crew members to view objects on and above the surface of the water, but they take several minutes to complete a 360-degree scan, while the RemoteReality camera provides an instant omni-directional view.
‘The camera system provides submarine operators with a critical ‘quick look’ capability,’ said RemoteReality CEO Dennis McGinn. ‘It captures, in an instant, a full 360-degree view of activity on the surface through the use of a very high-resolution visible-light omni camera and an uncooled thermal infrared omni camera for night-time use.’
McGinn noted that the company developed the camera under a contract awarded last year by the US Office of Naval Research (ONR), one of a number of ONR-awarded contracts that the company has received.
RemoteReality’s worked with the US Naval Underwater Weapons Center (NUWC), based in Newport, Rhode Island, to develop it.
The company expects that it will be installed later this year on a Los Angeles-class nuclear submarine.