') Seabed - abiss ISS

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abiss iss


Image Scaling System

A COLLABORATION comprising Dr Derek Pilgrim (then at the Institute of Marine Studies, University of Plymouth) and QinetiQ Bincleaves resulted in the production of ISS a commercial version of Abiss for use in the off-shore industry.

photograph of ISS camera
ISS camera
IN THE ISS system the array is built into the camera housing (designed at Qinetiq Bincleaves), and includes a sixth laser so that the system may be used for imaging both horizontal and vertical surfaces (e.g. on ships, oil rigs etc).

technical specifications

Sensor ¼" interline transfer CCD
Resolution >470 TV lines
Sensitivity 0.1 lux
Iris (PAL) auto
Iris (NTSC) auto
Signal to Noise Ratio >50dB
Video output 1.0 V p-p composite,
75 ohms unbalanced
Scanning system (PAL) CCIR, 50 Hz, 625 lines
Scanning system (NTSC) RS170, 60 Hz, 525 lines
Video line drive capability 1500 m with good quality coax
Camera control Analogue/RS232C
Zoom x 22 Zoom
(typical useable x 14)
Focus auto/manual
Illumination N.A.
Voltage 12 to 24 VDC
Current 500 mA nominal
Rating Class IIIA
Wave length 640 nm
Output 3 mW
Lens 4 - 88 mm, F1.6
Focal length 0.2 m to infinity
Field of view (diagonal) 47deg wide, 2.2 deg telephoto
Storage temperature -10 deg C to + 50 deg C
Operating temperature 0 deg C to + 40 deg C
Depth rating 3000 m
Housing material Hard anodised aluminium
Sizes See drawing
Weight in air 1.9 kg
Weight in water 0.7 kg
Viewport Acrylic Water corrected
Connector Burton


photograph of launch of ISS

Launch of ISS at Oceanology International, March 2002. The first one was sold to a seashell farm in China

photograph of Seaeye Falcon fitted with ISS

ISS was fitted to a number of commerciaslly available ROVs such as the Seaeye Falcon seen here

This page last updated: 4 November 2016