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Revolutionizing Thermal Imaging: Teledyne FLIR's Boson+ Thermal Camera Module for Unmanned Systems

Model: Boson 320, 4° (HFOV) 55 mm
Model: Boson 320, 4° (HFOV) 55 mm | Credit- Teledyne FLIR


Teledyne FLIR is a renowned company that has been revolutionizing thermal imaging technology for years. When it comes to thermal imaging technology, Teledyne FLIR is a name that has been trusted by military, industrial, and scientific communities for decades. With the introduction of the Boson+ thermal camera module product line, Teledyne FLIR has once again set the standard for OEM thermal camera performance and size, weight, and power (SWaP). The Boson+ thermal camera module boasts market-leading thermal sensitivity, contrast, and latency, making it ideal for use in unmanned systems of all kinds. In this article, we will dive deeper into the features and benefits of this innovative thermal imaging solution and explore how it is being used in both space and terrestrial applications. With 24 new compact models featuring 320 x 256 resolution, the Boson+ is designed to take thermal imaging to the next level. Let's take a closer look at its features and benefits.

Key Features

  1. Market-Leading Thermal Sensitivity, Contrast, and Latency The Boson+ thermal camera module is known for its high sensitivity, contrast, and low latency. With an industry-leading thermal sensitivity of less than or equal to (≤) 20 mK, it can detect even the slightest temperature differences. The upgraded automatic gain control (AGC) filter delivers dramatically enhanced scene contrast and sharpness, making it easier to see details in the image. Lower video latency enhances tracking, seeker performance, and decision support

  2. Full-Featured LWIR Thermal Camera Module Despite its small size, the Boson+ thermal camera module is a full-featured LWIR thermal camera module that offers exceptional performance. It has a 640x512 or 320x256 resolution, 12 μm pixel pitch LWIR microbolometer, which captures high-quality thermal images. The module is just 7.5 grams and less than 4.9 cm³ in size, making it ideal for integration within many types of unmanned vehicles, even those that go to outer space.

  3. Flexible Video Output Interfaces The Boson+ thermal camera module's flexibility is one of its key selling points. The module comes with customer-selectable USB, CMOS, or MIPI video interfaces, making it easier than ever to integrate Boson+ into a wider range of embedded processors from Qualcomm, Ambarella, and more.

  4. Low Power Consumption The Boson+ thermal camera module is designed to be power-efficient, starting at just 500 mW. This low power consumption makes it ideal for use in battery-powered unmanned systems.

  5. Rugged Construction and Operating Temperature Rating The Boson+ thermal camera module is built to withstand harsh environments. It has a rugged construction and can operate in temperatures ranging from -40 °C to 80 °C. This temperature rating makes it suitable for use in extreme conditions.


  1. Ideal for Unmanned Vehicles and Wearables The Boson+ thermal camera module's small size and low power consumption make it ideal for use in unmanned vehicles, including unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). It is also suitable for use in wearables, such as thermal sights.

  2. Low-Risk Development The Boson+ thermal camera module's enhanced thermal performance and industry-leading reliability provide low-risk development, making it an ideal choice for OEMs.

  3. Plug-and-Play Upgrade The Boson+ thermal camera module maintains the widely-deployed Boson mechanical, electrical, and optical interfaces, enabling a plug-and-play upgrade. This means that upgrading to the Boson+ is easier than ever.

Boson+ thermal camera module
Boson+ thermal camera module | Credit- Teledyne FLIR

NASA’s partnership with Teledyne FLIR

NASA’s collaboration with Teledyne FLIR and the use of the Boson+ thermal camera module is a testament to the module's versatility and reliability. Its ability to withstand the harsh conditions of space travel and still perform flawlessly highlights the exceptional quality and engineering that has gone into the Boson+.

The Boson+'s exceptional thermal sensitivity, contrast, and low latency make it a market leader in the thermal imaging industry. With its compact size, multiple video output interfaces, and low power consumption, the Boson+ is suitable for a wide range of applications in various industries. It has already been used in unmanned ground vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems, wearables, security applications, handhelds, and thermal sights, and its capabilities continue to expand as it is modified for use in space travel.


In conclusion, the Teledyne FLIR Boson+ thermal camera module is a game-changing technology that is redefining the standards for OEM thermal camera performance and SWaP. With its compact size, flexible video output interfaces, and exceptional thermal sensitivity and contrast, the Boson+ is an ideal solution for unmanned ground vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems, wearables, security applications, handhelds, and thermal sights. And thanks to its innovative packaging and modifications, the Boson+ is also proving to be a valuable tool in space exploration and terrestrial applications that require extreme durability and performance in harsh conditions. If you're looking for a state-of-the-art thermal imaging solution, the Teledyne FLIR Boson+ is definitely worth considering.


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