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The OctoPod is our integrated package solution for the external installation of various monitoring sensors on the aircraft. 
It is mounted underneath an aircraft fuselage and enables multi-sensor-based maritime surveillance missions from the air with minimal space requirements in the cabin and little effort for aircraft modification. 

The OctoPod is used in conjunction with our AeroMission and MEDUSA® mission systems. 
We like to refer to the OctoPod as an "all-in-one" pod, as it can cover the majority of typical maritime surveillance missions with its eight sensors. With five selected sensors from our subsidiary Optimare and three additional third-party sensors, the OctoPod can be equipped with a maximum of eight sensors. Get an overview of the individual components and the associated wide range of possible applications here.

Associated sensors

For a wide range of surveillance missions
1. State-of-the-art AESA radar

A State-of-the-art AESA Radar employs Active Electronically Scanned Array tech for precise, continuous tracking of maritime, land, and airborne targets. It classifies targets with ISAR and detects Search and Rescue beacons, offering situational awareness and response capabilities in diverse operational environments.

2. 15“ EO/IR System

An EO/IR System integrates Electro-Optical (EO) and Infrared (IR) sensors for optical target identification, target tracking, and comprehensive evidence gathering. It enables surveillance and reconnaissance across various operational scenarios.

3. Search & Rescue Direction Finder (SAR DF)

A Search & Rescue Direction Finder with broadband VHF/UHF coverage scans frequencies designated for SAR operations, including COSPAS-SARSAT signals. It locates distress beacons, supporting the rescue of individuals in emergency situations.

4. Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR)

The OPTIMARE SLAR is a cloud-penetrating imaging X-band radar for day & night airborne maritime observation. It is used for mapping the sea surface with regard to oil spills, vessels, wakes and many more. The lightweight SLAR with its outstanding performance and its unique ultra-thin antenna design is the SLAR solution of choice.

5. IR/UV Line Scanner

The IR/UV Line Scanner is a standard sensor for airborne oil spill monitoring. It is capable of visualizing relative oil thickness. The OPTIMARE IR/UV Line Scanner is characterized by a unique optical design, an excellent maintainability and a broad operating temperature range.

6. VIS Line Scanner

The OPTIMARE VIS Line Scanner is a ruggedized, lightweight remote sensor operating at visible wavelengths (400 to 675 nanometres). In maritime surveillance, the system is used for acquisition of highly resolved geo-referenced Red/Green/Blue composite images. These images can be used for documentation and for supporting volume estimations based on oil appearance codes.

7. Laser Fluorosensor (LFS-P)

The OPTIMARE LFS-P is a compact nadir-looking (non-scanning) airborne laser fluorosensor for day & night classification of oil spills by type. The LFS-P is OPTIMARE’s fourth generation laser fluorosensor. More than two decades of expertise as well as progress in opto-electronics and laser technology enabled to develop a laser fluorosensor with roughly one-third in size, weight, and power consumption compared to its predecessor, the LFS Light.

8. Microwave Radiometer (MWR-P)

The OPTIMARE MWR-P is OPTIMARE’s third generation microwave radiometer for airborne analysis of oil spills in terms of thickness distribution and volume. Two decades of experience in microwave radiometry enabled OPTIMARE to develop a microwave radiometer with roughly one-half in volume and weight compared to its predecessor.


OctoPod - Flyer
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IR/UV Line Scanner
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VIS Line Scanner
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LFS-P Laser Fluorosensor
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MWR-P Microwave Radiometer
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