Sensor Simulation Solutions

As a MANTIS® plug-in, QUEST2 provides users with the ability to add GPU-based simulated sensor effects. These sensor effects are general parameterizations and thus not selectable as specific real-world sensors. Instead it is up to users to determine what parameter settings are appropriate for their sensor simulations of interest. Read more


ViXsen is a physics-based, dynamic, real-time sensor simulation product. viXsen allows users to model advanced Infrared (IR), Electro-optical (EO) and Night Vision Goggle (NVG) devices that are fully correlated with the Out the Window (OTW) view of a visual simulation. Read more

MANTIS Sensor Bundle

The MANTIS Sensor Bundle adds our viXsen and Quest2 plug ins all in one bundle for the convenience of our customers.

Features and Benefits

  • Monochrome or full color imagery up to 2048x1536 resolution using 16-bit, floating-point color when rendering the scene.

  • 15x15 blur kernel and 15x15 un-sharp mask kernel for image sharpening or detail peaking.

  • Fixed noise, temporal noise and scintillation.

  • Automatic Gain Control (AGC) methods – Histogram Linear Scaling, Histogram Equalization, and Local Area Contrast Enhancement (LACE) with realistic high dynamic range AGC response to super-bright objects such as the sun.

  • Hot spot detection and target tracking.

  • Manual gain and level adjustment.

  • Zoom, rotate and pan.



QUEST2 can post-process either optical out the window imagery or simulated at-aperture sensor imagery. It may be used to complement viXsen, a separate MANTIS plug-in, that provides accurate at-aperture physics-based image generation of material coded terrains, moving models, effects and environmental phenomena with highly flexible sensor configuration options. Combining the QUEST2 and viXsen plug-ins provide a complete solution for the entire simulation pipeline ranging from visible light (CCD cameras) and near Infrared (Low Light Level Televisions (LLLTV), Image Intensifiers (II), and Night Vision Goggles (NVG)) to Short Wavelength IR (SWIR), Mid-Wavelength IR (MWIR), and Long Wavelength IR (LWIR) imaging systems.