The objective of this thesis was to design a color-infrared camera to be used for aerial remote sensing. The design process included obtaining requirements, modeling and analyzing the developed systems for mechanical and thermal stability, and optimization of the system for size and cost. Detailed analysis was required because of the harsh physical environment that airborne cameras are subject to. The solution involved constructing a housing within the limitations of the optical design and a set of chosen off-the-shelf components. These constraints significantly increased the difficulty of achieving the design goals. In the end the original optical design was altered, and all the initially specified components were replaced with pieces that allowed for a workable solution. This thesis is only one step in the evolution of this camera system. A method for future design optimization was also explored. Using ANSYS component mode synthesis analysis any future design changes can be evaluated without rebuilding the entire ANSYS model but by altering any of the subsystems. This work was supported in part by a Kodak Research Incubator Gift.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Remote sensing--Equipment and supplies; Cameras--Design and construction; Aerial photography--Equipment and supplies

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Mechanical Engineering (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Mechanical Engineering (KGCOE)


Robert Kremens

Advisor/Committee Member

Mike Lutz

Advisor/Committee Member

Mark Kempski


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