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Optical Engineering

Wire Obstacle Warning System: A Real-Time Airborne Sensor For Automatic Detection And Recognition Of Wirelike Objects
Author(s): R. Kleehammer; A. Kleider
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Paper Abstract

A sensor has been designed to provide real-time detection and recognition of 3 mm wires at range of 300 meters during nighttime helicopter flight operations. An Army-sponsored program to demonstrate such automatic wire detection and warning for Nap-of-the-Earth (NOE) helicopter missions is currently in progress. Wire or wirelike objects are electro-optically detected and then recognized by a pattern recognition technique. The recognition algorithm is accomplished within 50 msec of the first wire detection indication. A flyable exploratory development wire obstacle warning system model, consisting of a scanning laser transmitter, electro-optical receiver, real-time processor, and display unit is described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1980
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 19(6) doi: 10.1117/12.7972637
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 19, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
R. Kleehammer, Fairchild Camera & Instrument Corporation (United States)
A. Kleider, U.S. Army Aviation R&D Activity (United States)


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