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Stationary early warning system for bird strike prevention in aviation
Author(s): Holger Vogel; Mario Muenzberg; Harry Schlemmer; Hubertus Haan; Paul Baader; Klaus Herden; Basel Fardi; Jan Schlosshauer
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Paper Abstract

In case bird migration routes cross approach corridors near airports bird strike prevention with thermal imaging systems has advantages compared to others technologies i.e. RADAR systems. In our case a stereoscopic thermal imaging system sensitive in the mid wavelength range (3 - 5 μm) with high geometrical (640 × 512 pixel) and high thermal resolution (< 20 mK) measures in real time the swarm size, direction and velocity with high accuracy in order to give an early warning under all relevant weather conditions during day, night and twilight. The system is self-calibrating to keep the relative position of the paired stereoscopic thermal imagers in the sub-pixel range under all environmental conditions. The stereoscopic systems are placed in a sufficient distance to the crossing with the take-off or landing path to enable warning times of several minutes. Moreover the risk potential of the swarm is determined by taking the size of a single bird as well as the number of birds in the swarm into account. By using this information an arrival time of the swarm at the crossing point is determined and provided to the air security controllers together with the risk potential of the swarm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 May 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7298, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXV, 72983R (6 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818712
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Holger Vogel, Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH (Germany)
Mario Muenzberg, Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH (Germany)
Harry Schlemmer, Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH (Germany)
Hubertus Haan, Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH (Germany)
Paul Baader, Baader Konzept GmbH (Germany)
Klaus Herden, Baader Konzept GmbH (Germany)
Basel Fardi, FusionSystems GmbH (Germany)
Jan Schlosshauer, FusionSystems GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7298:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXV
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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