Target Acquisition and Sensor Cueing

Our customer –  We were approached to work on the conceptual development of this project by the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratories.

The customers problem – Current work with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) is limited by the need to combine high fidelity images while maintaining a large field of view.  Multiple imagers were recognised as a solution but there was still the problem of tracking an object in both fields.

Our view of the problem

Not only could we combine a wide field camera to track possible targets with a detail camera to confirm identity but we could also use the same hardware and data to stabilise the UAS, giving additional benefits.

Our solution   Our sensor system was able to obtain high resolution target images from an unstable UAS platform, almost completely eliminating blur of the high resolution image while maintaining a wide view of an environment as well.

Our team – Matt Mellor. Pete Rodgers and Shaun Prickett worked with the team at the DSTL to develop the concept and then demonstrate the practicality of the Createc solution.  The team combined their mechanical, electronic and software engineering skills to implement a physical demonstration system in just a few weeks.

What happened next?

The system has been developed with target acquisition obtained using our cascade object tracking algorithms, allowing the dual approach of identifying possible targets with one system while confirming them using another narrow field sensor.

Future versions of the resulting device have the potential for significant  miniaturisation and can also be combined with Createc’s spherical imaging solutions.

“It was great to be able to combine two pieces of technology and then to solve not only the initial problem but also an additional complication all with one innovative approach .”  Matt Mellor


  • Wide field camera
  • Pan tilt zoom detail camera
  • Stabilised high resolution target images
  • Cascade object detector software system