Airborne infrared techniques have been used in wild land fire management for decades. This paper describes a kind of infrared scanning system based on a rotating drum with a tilted porthole underside the plane nose. This design increases the stability of the mechanism system, reduces air resistance and protects inner parts. Aberration characteristics of a tilted ellipsoid porthole are analyzed and an effective solution is invented which makes the system achieve 30° field of regard. The system's ultimate value of modulation transfer function is near the diffraction limit, which indicates that the performance of the rotating optical system meets the imaging requirements.

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