Military & Aerospace

Navitar has been designing and manufacturing lenses for NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, and industry leading aerospace and defense OEMs for over fifty years. We deliver high quality, innovative optical solutions for the most demanding applications and environments.

Our optical design experts are ready to discuss your specifications and develop a solution. We understand how crucial mechanical design is when space, weight and interface with other optics in a system must be considered. Our designers accommodate these requests and have experience working with both standard metals and specialty non-metallic materials.

We closely control the fabrication process and monitor manufacturing - from commercial to ultra precision tolerances - in our state-of-the-art, ITAR registered facility, and offer active lens-sensor alignment in our ISO Class 1000 clean room.

Navitar machine vision/imaging lenses, camera systems, and custom lens assemblies are used in applications such as: 

  • Aircraft launch and recovery systems aboard Naval aircraft carriers
  • Mine detection equipment and Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Tracking rockets, missiles and other high-speed objects
  • Spacecraft navigation systems
  • Vehicle mounted, land based mobile drone detection systems
  • Unmanned aerial systems monitoring stages of rocket launches


Proudly working with:

  • NASA

  • International Space Station


  • U.S. Department of Defense

  • U.S. Army - U.S. Navy - U.S. Air Force

  • Top U.S. Aerospace Companies

Pixelink USB 3.0 Camera for Spaceflight Launch and Re-entry Image Capture

NASA selected Pixelink industrial camera technology as the best solution for the demanding and rigid performance specifications of the Optical Navigation Systems of the Orion Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) spacecraft project. The navigation camera system, positioned in three locations on the Orion spacecraft, captures images of the Earth and Moon during launch and re-entry, enabling the spacecraft to independently calculate its position and velocity in cis-lunar space. This is critical for crew members onboard when adjusting their entry flight path angle for return to Earth under loss of communication and/or ground based navigation conditions.  

The Pixelink cameras were tested for vibration, temperature variances, radiation, shock, and vacuum pressure. With ruggedized packaging and housing, the units successfully withstand extreme environmental conditions of spaceflight.

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