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Solar Azimuth Measurement and Orientation Sensor

An all mechanical solar compass module, the Samos is offered as an accessory for Instro’s Target Acquisition Systems.

This versatile solar azimuth measurement and orientation sensor works in conjunction with Instro’s targeting application software to establish an accurate Azimuth Reference using alignment to the sun.

During the day the user follows a simple procedure to align the solar compass module to the sun using a process of shadow alignment. At night the user can align to primary celestial reference points such as the moon, planets and stars. Once aligned, the targeting application software determines an accurate Azimuth Reference based on the position, time, date and own location.

Optimised for use by dismounted forces, the Samos is both lightweight and compact.

Proven principles and rugged construction have been employed to ensure long service life and reliability in the field.

Other Instro north finding modules available are the digital magnetic compass, Mamos, and the Gyro compass, Ermos.

Features and Benefits

Mechanical, no additional cables or batteries required

Compact size and lightweight

  • Used in conjunction with Instro Target
    Acquisition Systems to establish
    accurate north reference
  • Suitable for use with sun elevations
    of up to 60°
  • Simply software guided operation
  • Rugged and reliable
  • Mechanical, no additional cables or
    batteries required
  • Compact size, light weight
  • Dismounted Precision Targeting
  • Forward Observer / JTAC indirect fire control
  • Artillery fire control
  • Mortar fire control
  • Gun laying
  • Special forces

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