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Fusion for degraded visual environment pilotage
Author(s): Jason Seely; James T. Murray; Jeffrey Plath; Bill Ryder; Eric Lindquist; Samson Chu; Matthew Graham; Neil Van Lieu
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Paper Abstract

Areté Associates, in partnership with the Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), have demonstrated in flight a fused LIDAR/LWIR/EO system that provides a pilotage aid for rotorcraft operations in degraded visual environments (DVE). Areté’s purpose-built DVE lidar provides full-waveform processing to enable novel dust suppression and weak-target detection techniques. This lidar system is integrated with wide field of view, high resolution, LWIR and EO cameras to provide full situational awareness with fast update rates. The sensor fusion system creates a high-fidelity 3D world model in real time including ground surface, terrain features, hazards, and obscurant distributions. This model is used to construct an informative and intuitive cockpit display in real time. This system also incorporates offline terrain and image data bases to augment the live sensor data in areas beyond the sensor fields of view. This system will be tested in flight in DVE in 2016.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10197, Degraded Environments: Sensing, Processing, and Display 2017, 101970K (5 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2275279
Show Author Affiliations
Jason Seely, Areté Associates (United States)
James T. Murray, Areté Associates (United States)
Jeffrey Plath, Areté Associates (United States)
Bill Ryder, Areté Associates (United States)
Eric Lindquist, Areté Associates (United States)
Samson Chu, Areté Associates (United States)
Matthew Graham, Areté Associates (United States)
Neil Van Lieu, Areté Associates (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10197:
Degraded Environments: Sensing, Processing, and Display 2017
John (Jack) N. Sanders-Reed; Jarvis (Trey) J. Arthur III, Editor(s)

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