Tactical Air‐borne Reconnaissance Pod System – Completely Digital
Under contract to NRL, SDL integrated digital imagery with real‐time digital recording, data link transmission and display to create Tactical Air‐borne Reconnaissance Pod System ‐ Completely Digital (TARPS‐CD). The initial phase of TARPS‐CD was successfully demonstrated in June 1998 as the first completely digital system to provide real‐time transmission of step framing imagery to a ground station with real‐time/near real‐time image display capabilities. The system consisted of a digital electro‐optical camera, a DoD standard Common Data Link (CDL) transmitter/receiver, digital recorders, and a Navy Input Station (NAVIS) with real-time Image Display Software (IDS).
SDL’s IDS provides the capabilities for processing, displaying and manipulating tactical reconnaissance imagery received in real‐time from CDL or from tape. The IDS software was a predecessor to SDL’s VANTAGE™ software suite.