UAV & VTOL: Piloting cameras for Fixed Wing & Rotary Wing aircrafts

Piloting cameras for every UAV/UAS use requirement and range (Tactical, MALE, HALE).

UAV and VTOL Piloting

UAV and VTOL Piloting

UAV piloting

UAV Piloting

Kappa offers you DO-160/MIL-STD 704-qualified camera solutions for every UAV and UAS use requirement and range (Tactical, MALE, HALE). High resolution imaging is a key factor in UAV missions such as piloting, targeting, surveillance and search & rescue. Our high performance cameras provide you with precise information for topography, location and movement of assets, even under extreme low light conditions. The day & night visions are perfectly suited for long-range applications from VIS up to extended vision with SWIR and LWIR.

Our Retrofit Design cameras for swapping out existing older camera technology fitd seamlessly into the elaborate systems of our military customers with complete investment security for the obsolescence management. These SWaP-C-optimized, highly robust cameras are integrated into gimbals/payloads or mounted externally onto the aircraft. Various small and lightweight versions, such as miniaturized cameras or remote head cameras, are available.

Kappa UAV camera highlights
Crisp clear cideos | H.264 - Dual Streaming | Power failure survival (250 ms) | Visibility under low light conditions

Maximum safety with Kappa optronics GmbH - UAV cameras
EN / AS / JISQ 9100 certifi ed camera supplier | RTCA / DO-178C | RTCA / DO-254 (up to DAL B) | DO-160 / MIL-STD 704
| ED-112A, ED-155 and all other applicable standards

Not only with Kappa UAV cameras - Your benefits at a glance
Latest sensor technology | Extremely rugged design | Day & night vision under demanding light conditions | Low-Latency| Distortion-free imaging of fast-moving scenes | Maximum safety | High integration capability | Complete systems for your requirements | Long-term availability & functional warranty over the life cycle


UAV cameras for piloting, targeting, surveillance and search & rescue.

UAV piloting cameras

UAV piloting camera, Flight Eye FE 320, compact and remote distance

UAV piloting camera, Flight Eye FE 320, compact and remote distance

UAV and VTOL piloting cameras, Flight Eye FE 320and remote distance up to 10m

UAV and VTOL piloting cameras, Flight Eye FE 320 with compact housing or sensor unit with remote distance from electronics, up to 10m distance up to 10m

UAV piloting camera, Flight Eye FE 350

UAV piloting camera, Flight Eye FE 350

Application advantages for UAV piloting cameras

Full HD 1080, color version  crisp clear videos take-off, flight, taxiing and landing
Full HD 1080, B/W version crisp clear videos during take-off, flight, taxiing and landing,
visibility under extreme low light (quarter moon) conditions
Sensors, 1080p60, VIS, LWIR - global shutter sensor for sharp video even when following fast moving objects
- small size Full HD sensor for minimized space when using telezoom lens
- digital zoom up to 16x compared to PAL/NTSC
H.264 compression inside the camera low bandwidth usage configurable 250 KB to 8 MB
Dual stream compression bandwidth flexibility for telemetry and onboard recording
250 ms power gap survival no frame lost even at short time power interrupt
Extensive set of commands control and command of any camera function and setting from ground station
Automatic de-icing & de-misting clear view even in extreme low temperature zone

Various FoV for different


various FoV 48° up to 130° FoV
- for tail fin & wing tip (full sight of whole aircraft during flight
- for nose wheel (detail view of taxiing area)

- for gimbals, various FoVs down to 2°

Sensor unit with remote distance from electronics, up to 10m optimum usage of available space
Smart light weight design SWaP-C optimized



UAV payload camera positions/FoV

UAV payload camera positions/FoV

Payload cameras for surveillance and search & rescue

Payload cameras for surveillance and search & rescue

UAV Piloting with CMOS Full HD Camera

UAV piloting with CMOS Full HD cameras, various FoV and positions.

Full-HD cameras for safe UAV flight control

For piloting UAVs (HALE/MALE), two highly robust Full-HD cameras mounted on the outside of the aircraft  are used: one tail fin camera for flight control and one nose wheel camera for safely controlled landing. H.264-compressed video data are transmitted to the ground station. Data compression takes place in the camera itself, requiring very little transmission bandwidth. Moreover, since it requires no further electronics, this procedure saves both space and cost.

Kappa UAV control cameras are designed for integration into collision avoidance systems.


Cameras for long distance observation

Kappa offers special Full-HD camera modules with high-resolution optics for payload integration (gimbal). These cameras, with various FoVs, deliver razor-sharp images even at distances of km for HALE/MALE.

With our many years of experience developing and manufacturing cameras for aviation requirements, we offer you the highest level of safety for your application. Kappa is your expert for UAV / UAS cameras.

Rugged Design cameras for extreme environments

Qualification, e.g., DO-160

Design Assurance, e.g., DO-178 and DO-254


Long Range Camera Systems with Global Shutter

Using long range camera systems for Tactical surveillance, reconnaissance and monitoring.
Situational awareness application, if it needs to make timelier, more-informed decisions in tactical situations.

Your Expert

Bodo Kriening - Kappa optronics

Bodo Kriening

Channel Management

Tel.: +49.5508.974.251