Focal Plane Arrays

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At Santa Barbara Focalplane (SBF), Lockheed Martin’s infrared (IR) center of excellence, seeing is believing. SBF develops and manufactures focal plane arrays (FPAs) that deliver high-resolution imagery in real-time, integrated dewar cooler assemblies for high-performance sensors, and camera cores that offer big-sensor performance in compact and low-SWAP configurations.

SBF offers a diverse selection of off-the-shelf and custom-built FPAs. Our revolutionary nBn FPA and high-speed digital read-out integrated circuit (ROIC) technologies are the foundation of our advanced sensor offerings.

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Our proprietary nBn material enables FPAs to run “warmer” than traditional indium antimonide (InSb) solutions, delivering high performance in small packages—and improved product life and reliability. nBn is tunable from short to long wavelengths.
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Santa Barbara Focalpane makes high-resolution FPAs for land-, air- and space-based systems. An FPA is a light-sensing device that generates infrared imagery.
Santa Barbara Focalpane makes high-resolution FPAs for land-, air- and space-based systems. An FPA is a light-sensing device that generates infrared imagery.
The multi-spectral VISR flare monitor camera, powered by an SBF FPA, is helping petroleum companies like BP monitor emissions at remote sites around the world. Photo courtesy of BP.
The multi-spectral VISR flare monitor camera, powered by an SBF FPA, is helping petroleum companies like BP monitor emissions at remote sites around the world. Photo courtesy of BP.
An SBF FPA is at the core of  Lockheed Martin’s Pilotage Distributed Aperture Sensor (PDAS) sensor. PDAS is the first tactical installation of a multi-functional DAS system for Army aviation. Photo courtesy of Bell.
An SBF FPA is at the core of  Lockheed Martin’s Pilotage Distributed Aperture Sensor (PDAS) sensor. PDAS is the first tactical installation of a multi-functional DAS system for Army aviation. Photo courtesy of Bell.

Lockheed Martin's 360-Degree Pilot Visual System Completes First Flight On Bell V-280 Valor

An SBF FPA is at the core of  Lockheed Martin’s Pilotage Distributed Aperture Sensor (PDAS) sensor. PDAS is the first tactical installation of a multi-functional DAS system for Army aviation. Video courtesy of Bell.

 

Stay Informed: The Latest News on SBF’s Sensors and Camera Cores

360-Degree Pilot Visual System Completes First Flight
Oct 09, 2019
Press Release
Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) Pilotage Distributed Aperture Sensor (PDAS) system took flight for the first time aboard the V-280 Valor, Bell Helicopter's next-generation tiltrotor aircraft.
5 Reasons IRST21 Is Revolutionizing The Battlespace
Jul 08, 2021
Story
As our military service women and men assess the growing threat in the Pacific, they require a capability that keep them safe in any battle environment.
An IRST Legacy
Aug 17, 2018
Story
First to IRST – that’s one way to describe Lockheed Martin’s storied Infrared Search and Track, or IRST, history.
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