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Synthetic vision for low-visibility aircraft operations: what we know and what we do not know
Author(s): Malcolm A. Burgess
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Paper Abstract

The joint FAA/DoD/industry synthetic vision technology demonstration (SVTD), completed in 1993, is but one of the many efforts conducted over the past three decades to provide all- weather visibility to the pilot for landing, take-off, and airport surface operations. The data collected in that demonstration is currently being organized in a database for use by industry, academic and government researchers. This paper summarizes the SVTD program and describes the lessons learned. While the SVTD concluded that there appear to be no insurmountable obstacles to the implementation of synthetic vision the demonstration also underscored the need for further research and development to satisfy specific operational requirements. We discuss some of the issues not yet fully resolved and identify the data still needed and effort required to resolve these issues. Topics addressed include operational requirements, atmospheric conditions, sensor performance, image processing, display performance, image enhancement, data fusion and certification.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2220, Sensing, Imaging, and Vision for Control and Guidance of Aerospace Vehicles, (13 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.179605
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Malcolm A. Burgess, Research Triangle Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2220:
Sensing, Imaging, and Vision for Control and Guidance of Aerospace Vehicles
Jacques G. Verly; Sharon S. Welch, Editor(s)

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