History of optomechanical engineering bureau ASTROHN
Developed and put into production matrix thermal imaging detectors with 7-14 µm range based on vanadium oxide with high-temperature sensitivity (up to 30 µ) in size of 384×288 and 640×480 elements; new models of IR-lenses with continuous optical magnification and long-focus mirror-lens camera lenses for distant observation.
Basic commercial devices for security systems are produced with their own modules and detectors together with their own germanium lenses.
Testing first ASTROHN-produced 17 µm-detectors with 384×256 pixels capacity.
Started developing of detectors with the pixel size of 17 µm. ASTROHN’s 24-hours service centers are opened in the main regions of Russia. The total amount of products put on free warranty service is now over 4,000 sets.
The company is now carrying out works on development in the mass production of domestic microbolometric detectors in the focal plane with 324×256 and 640×480 resolution and pixel size of 25 µm. The total amount of thermal imaging products of ASTROHN brand put on free warranty service in Russia is now over 2,500 sets. The first 24-hours technical service center is now opened.
The company had put in mass production bolometric uncooled IRidium modules based on microbolometric detectors of French origin and its own engineering in the field of thermal imaging processing. Aspherical germanium optics had put in mass production.
Company exploring new specially designed lab block with “clean rooms”. Laboratories for research and manufacturing thermal imaging and terahertz bolometric detectors; workshop for manufacturing terahertz detectors; laboratory and workshop for manufacturing the germanium thermal imaging optic elements; “clean” assembly rooms are planned to deploy in the block.
Developed and mastered in production superheterodyne terahertz range detectors. On the base of superheterodyne receivers are produced highly sensitive cameras for passive observation in the terahertz range of THERZ radiation.
The company is now carrying out scientific and technical works in the field of pyroelectric detectors of infrared and terahertz range.
Basic designs of thermal imaging devices for safety systems are developed.
Researches and developments in the field of terahertz and far infrared radiation are carrying out.
ASTROHN company was found in the year of 2007 as the non-state company to research and produce optics for infrared range, i.e. optics for thermal imaging systems. From the very start of its work company in cooperation with many famous Soviet and Russian scientific and manufacturing enterprises was researching and designing optics and surveillance systems in infrared, visible and terahertz range.
Due to huge scientific and production potential, desire to develop Russian hi-tech manufacturing and worker’s professionalism, Design Bureau ASTROHN became the largest Russian manufacturer of thermal imaging equipment for civil use in a few years. Today ASTROHN is the only Russian batch manufacturer with the total amount of more than 1,500 items made annually.
In the year of 2010 ASTROHN company participated in the JSC RZhD’s multistage testing of the wide range of the technical means of security from different manufacturers including all famous foreign brands. Thermal imaging surveillance systems developed by ASTROHN in combination with traditional optic systems showed high efficiency during said testing. Besides, optic symbiosis offered by ASTROHN and applied in the one shell turned out the most thrifty option for the equipping large facilities with surveillance systems.
As the result of the global testing of the thermal imaging systems on the JSC RZhD’s facilities where all leading world manufacturers applied, high quality and operational characteristics of the ASTROHN’s thermal imagers were noticed. The company was assigned as a doer for the federal target program for antiterrorism protection of the high-speed railways.
ASTROHN company supplied more than 4,500 thermal imaging systems with different modifications including multispectral within said program since the year of 2010. For today multispectral video thermal imaging modules made by ASTROHN are basic elements for building railway track and other railway facilities distributed protection system. Due to the availability of two optical channels module’s detectability in the different times of a day has been increased substantially. Currently, the program is still at work. Modules are developed considering the significant experience of exploitation of thermal imaging systems of ASTROHN’s kind for RZhD’s extended facilities security. ASTROHN-3A module is a unit of full factory readiness installed on the pillars of contact chains and connected to the system by the fiber optic network. It was specially designed for the railway needs on the base of the batch produced thermal imaging and optical blocks of visible spectrum. DB ASTROHN’s thermal imagers are in constant year-round exploitation.
For the time of existence of Design Bureau ASTROHN dozens of models of IR camera lenses with focal length from 20 to 275 mm. Moreover, series of domestic thermal imaging modules IRidium were designed and put into batch production. At this moment developed and put into production new samples of thermal imaging modules ASTROHN-384А17 and ASTROHN-640А17 with high thermal sensitivity and level of reliability and level of resistance to external factors.
In the year of 2017 ASTROHN company developed and put into production matrix thermal imaging detectors of 7-14 µm range based on vanadium oxide with high-temperature sensitivity (up to 30 µ) with the size of 324×256 and 640×480 elements. Developed and put into production new models of the IR camera lenses with continuous optical magnification and long-focus mirror camera lenses for long range observation.
Currently Design Bureau ASTROHN if the only manufacturer in Russia of thermal imaging equipment with a full production cycle — from germanium optical monocrystal cultivation and manufacturing aspherical optics to manufacturing detectors, processing electronics unit and finished samples of optoelectronic devices.
DB ASTROHN does not pass by the newest trends in security and diagnostic, for example, in the terahertz technologies development. The company developed the highly sensitive camera for passive surveillance in the terahertz range of THERZ radiation which is able to provide perquisition of peoples for the concealed objects and substances in the places of mass congestion in real time.