Mk 20 All- Light-Level Television Camera

MK20

Ball Aerospace created the Mk 20 All-Light-Level Marine Camera (ALLMC) as an outgrowth of the Seasparrow Low-light Camera. It offers cost-effective, around-the-clock imaging for search, surveillance, target identification, fire control, and navigation at sea in all light conditions.

With more than 30 years of naval camera expertise, Ball Aerospace developed the Seasparrow and Mk 20 Cameras specifically for military use. Employing a charge couple device sensor, the ALLMC provides higher resolution images, better fog and haze prevention, and a 75-fold improvement in reliability over the tube-based sensors that were used in older cameras.

The Mk 20 camera is a component of the shipboard MK-86 Gunfire Control System (GFCS) and is used 24/7 for:

  • Search 
  • Surveillence
  • Target identification 
  • Fire control 
  • Navigational guidance

The GFCS conducts direct firing attacks against surface radar and optically tracked targets, as well as indirect firing during Naval Gun Fire Support (NGFS).

Technical characteristics include:

  • 24-power zoom lens 
  • Intensified camera operates day and night for 24/7 operations 
  • Fully qualified for the naval environment 
  • Ball Aerospace’s CCD sensor is the heart of the Mk 20 camera in the GFCS 
  • Camera and its zoom lens are protected by a sealed and pressured marine housing 
  • Delivers a 75-fold increase in reliability over tube-based sensors

Programs

CALIPSO

CloudSat

EPOXI/Deep Impact

GEMS

GEO-TASO

GDPAA

GMI

Guardian

Green Propellant Infusion Mission

HiRISE

Hubble Space Telescope

James Webb Space Telescope

JPSS

F-35/Lightning II

K2/Kepler

Landsat Data Continuity Mission

Mast-Mounted Sight

Mk 20 Camera

MOIRE

New Horizons/Ralph

OMPS

Orion

QuickBird

QuikSCAT

SAM

SBSS

SBUV/2

Seasparrow

Sentinel

Spitzer

STORRM

STP-SIV

Suomi NPP

TEMPO

WISE

WorldView spacecraft series

WorldView-1

WorldView-2

WorldView-3