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Ballistic and Missile Range Studies

Vision Research has designed the phantom camera series to meet the unique demands of ballistic research.

  • general range studies
  • advanced weapon research
  • high velocity impact analysis
  • missile tracking

High-speed imaging in ballistics and on ranges is essential for understanding, troubleshooting, and promoting your work. Vision Research has designed an advanced hands-on course that covers the intricacies of using high-speed cameras for characterizing applications in ballistics and range studies. The beginning of the course will be focused on lecture, and the latter part will deal with hands-on learning and problem solving

Concepts Covered:

This will be a three-and-a-half day course where attendees will experience:

  • Key concepts in high speed imaging
  • Workflow during operation of a high speed camera
  • Advanced triggering strategies
  • Continuous recording methodologies
  • Integrating data acquisition with high speed imaging
  • Digital image correlation to generate 3D strain maps
  • Control and visualization of camera signals
  • Synchronization of high-speed cameras
  • Lighting techniques for ballistics and range experiments
  • Quantification of projectile kinematics
  • Hands-on experimentation and demonstrations

Event Details

  • Location: Wayne Township, New Jersey
  • Duration: 3.5 days
  • Max Attendance: 16
  • Next Course Date: TBD


Online Registration Form


Email phantom.academy@ametek.com 

Key Concepts in High-Speed Imaging

Discussion and Lectures On:

  • Stream-lined Workflows
  • Machine Vision Cameras
  • Selecting Equipment/Parameters
  • Software and Processing
  • Mitigating Flash Events
  • Camera Signals, Timing, and Triggering
  • Synchronizing Cameras, Data, and Video
  • Digital Image Correlation
  • Imaging Shockwaves
  • Tracking Mounts

Hands-on Labs:

  • Improving Image Quality with the Tone Curve)
  • Hands-on Lab II (Mitigating Flash Events)
  • Hands-on Lab III (Image Based Auto Trigger for High-speed Projectiles)
  • Hands-on Lab IV (Kinematic Analysis of a Projectile in PCC)

Kyle D. Gilroy, PhD is a Field Applications Engineer for Vision Research, Ametek. He travels internationally orchestrating and consulting on high-speed experiments for a range of academic, government, and industrial high-speed applications. His expertise is in ballistics and explosion characterization, digital image correlation, and biomedical microfluidics. Kyle conducts group trainings on VRI hardware and software. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he conducted investigations centered on the synthesis, application, and characterization of inorganic nanomaterials in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. At Temple University, he assisted in teaching undergraduate and graduate level thermodynamics, while carrying out research at Temple University’s Renewable Energy Laboratory.

View Kyle D. Gilroy, PhD Curriculum Vitae

Kyle Gilroy
(Kyle D. Gilroy, PhD)
Absolutely! As long as they are safe to transport, inform the instructor prior to the course, and follow all local and federal laws and regulations.

An info packet will be provided to you regarding lodging. The best airport to fly into is Newark International (EWR).

Yes, it is best to have it shipped the week previous to ensure a timely arrival. 

Yes, you will receive an application-specific certification after attendance and instructor approval.

It may happen, but rest assured they have great worker's compensation plans and property insurance. 

Ballistics Study in Forensic Gel

A Phantom v2511 color high-speed camera captures the impact results in forensic gel.

v2640 Ballistic Gel tests

v2640 Color at 20,000 - 53,000 fps. In collaboration with USC Biomechanics Injury Research Lab.