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Performance of obstacle detection and collision warning system for civil helicopters
Author(s): Naruto Yonemoto; Kazuo Yamamoto; Kimio Yamada; Hidemi Yasui; Naohiro Tanaka; Claire Migliaccio; Jean-Yves Dauvignac; Christian Pichot
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Paper Abstract

Some helicopters strike the power lines under the good weather conditions. Helicopter pilots sometimes have some difficulties to find such long and thin obstacles. We are developing an obstacle detection and collision warning system for civil helicopters in order to solve such problems. A color camera, an Infrared (IR) camera and a Millimeter Wave (MMW) radar are employed as sensors. This paper describes the results of different flight tests that show good enhancement of radar detection over 800m range for power lines. Additionally, we exhibit the processed fusion images that can assist the pilots in order to recognize the danger of the power lines.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6226, Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 2006, 622608 (19 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.666693
Show Author Affiliations
Naruto Yonemoto, Electronic Navigation Research Institute (Japan)
Kazuo Yamamoto, Electronic Navigation Research Institute (Japan)
Kimio Yamada, Electronic Navigation Research Institute (Japan)
Hidemi Yasui, IHI Aerospace Co. Ltd. (Japan)
Naohiro Tanaka, IHI Aerospace Co. Ltd. (Japan)
Claire Migliaccio, Univ. of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, CNRS (France)
Jean-Yves Dauvignac, Univ. of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, CNRS (France)
Christian Pichot, Univ. of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, CNRS (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6226:
Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 2006
Jacques G. Verly; Jeff J. Guell, Editor(s)

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