Airborne Sensors


We are a leading manufacturer of airborne sensors for oil spill detection and monitoring. Our portfolio includes active and passive remote sensors operating from microwave to ultraviolet wavelenghts.

All OPTIMARE sensors

  • are qualified for airborne operation according to specific standards,
  • have an interface to our mission management system MEDUSA®
  • and can be adapted to other third-party mission systems *

* Please contact us to discuss interfaces, operating system and other details of the host mission system.



The OPTIMARE SLAR is a cloud-penetrating imaging X-band radar for day & night airborne maritime observation. It is used for mapping the sea surface with regard to oil spills, vessels, wakes and many more. The lightweight SLAR with its outstanding performance and its unique ultra-thin antenna design is the SLAR solution of choice.

IR/UV Line Scanner

The IR/UV Line Scanner is a standard sensor for airborne oil spill monitoring. It is capable of visualizing relative oil thickness. The OPTIMARE IR/UV Line Scanner is characterized by a unique optical design, an excellent maintainability and a broad operating temperature range.

VIS Line Scanner

The OPTIMARE VIS Line Scanner is a ruggedized, lightweight remote sensor operating at visible wavelengths (400 to 675 nanometres). In maritime surveillance, the system is used for acquisition of highly resolved geo-referenced Red/Green/Blue composite images. These images can be used for documentation and for supporting volume estimations based on oil appearance codes.


The OPTIMARE MWR-P is OPTIMARE’s third generation microwave radiometer for airborne analysis of oil spills in terms of thickness distribution and volume. Two decades of experience in microwave radiometry enabled OPTIMARE to develop a microwave radiometer with roughly one-half in volume and weight compared to its predecessor.


The OPTIMARE LFS-P is a compact nadir-looking (non-scanning) airborne laser fluorosensor for day & night classification of oil spills by type. The LFS-P is OPTIMARE’s fourth generation laser fluorosensor. More than two decades of expertise as well as progress in opto-electronics and laser technology enabled OPTIMARE to develop a laser fluorosensor with roughly one-third in size, weight, and power consumption compared to its predecessor, the LFS Light.


The OctoPod is a unique all-in-one belly-mounted airborne surveillance pod jointly developed by OPTIMARE and its parent company Aerodata AG. It enables multi-sensor-based airborne surveillance operations while minimizing space consumption and costs for aircraft modification and certification. The OctoPod can be equipped with up to eight sensors.


We integrate any kind of third-party mission equipment having suitable interfaces. Our Mission Management System MEDUSA® is already compatible with various

  • Electrooptical / Infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems,
  • surveillance radar systems,
  • Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponders,
  • Search & Rescue Direction Finders (SAR DF),
  • Digital still & video cameras,
  • Line-Of-Sight (LOS) and Beyond-Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) datalinks.

In conjunction with the OPTIMARE sensors a considerable variety of system configurations is possible. Please contact us to discuss your target configuration.

Integrated system solutions and sensors for maritime missions