Trillium Engineering Rounds Out Year with a Spike in Sales

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Despite challenges presented by 2020, the company also expanded its workforce to meet new contracts

HOOD RIVER, Ore.—December 10, 2020— Trillium Engineering, an industry leader in gimbaled cameras for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), saw a dramatic increase in sensor contracts in 2020—more than doubling the number the company had received the year prior. As a result, the company had to expand its workforce to meet that increased demand, officials say.

“Despite the coronavirus, which held up supply chains and put a lot of the industry in a holding pattern, and now a new state lockdown, we were extremely busy this year meeting the orders of our UAS platform customers,” said Rob Gilchrist, president of Trillium Engineering.

In 2019, the company had nine multi-unit orders for its ultra-lightweight electro-optical/infrared gimbaled systems, with that number jumping to 22 in 2020. To help facilitate delivery, the company took on an additional 17 employees in a difficult year that saw record unemployment nationwide.

“We provide the warfighter with the most sophisticated small UAS camera systems on the market,” said Gilchrist.

The sensors with the most contract orders come in two variants:

· The HD55-MV and

· The HD45-LV

Roughly five inches in diameter and weighing only 1750 grams, the HD-55 MV has a 3.5x optical zoom for its visible camera and a 10x optical zoom for its cooled mid-wave infrared camera, while the even lighter HD45-XV has 30x optical zoom visible camera, and an uncooled low-wave infrared camera.

The brand-new HD-55 MV is the replacement for the end-of-life HD50 camera system, while the HD-45 series has been on numerous small UAS, gaining traction with military applications.

In total, Trillium Engineering has five product lines of gimbaled cameras, with additional options for customization depending on customer needs. “Whether our customer is military, law enforcement or government, we prioritize versatility and the tailoring of solutions to specific needs,” Gilchrist said.

About Trillium Engineering

Founded in 2013, Trillium Engineering is a technology company headquartered in Hood River, Oregon, that specializes in designing and manufacturing gimbaled camera systems for tactical unmanned aircraft. Trillium’s customers include prime defense contractors, leading aircraft manufacturers, and military and government end users. For more information, visit