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Flight experiment of pilot display for search-and-rescue helicopter
Author(s): Kohei Funabiki; Hiroka Tsuda; Tomoko Iijima; Takuya Nojima; Kazuho Tawada; Takashi Yoshida
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Paper Abstract

JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), together with Shimadzu Corporation and NEC, has initiated a research project named SAVERH (Situation Awareness and Visual Enhancer for Rescue Helicopter) that aims at inventing method of presenting suitable pilot information to support helicopter search and rescue missions. As the initial stage of this research, a series of flight experiments was conducted to investigate the feasibility of operations enhanced by an E/SVS (Enhanced / Synthetic Vision System) and to clarify system issues. An integrated system comprising an HMD (Helmet Mounted Display) and a FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) sensor were installed in a JAXA research helicopter, and Tunnel-in-the-Sky symbology and a Synthetic Terrain image combined with the FLIR image were presented on the HMD and/or on a Head Down Display (HDD). Through a total of 17 flights including night flights, the potential capability of the system was demonstrated while many issues for further investigation were identified.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7326, Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XIV: Design and Applications, 732607 (2 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.819096
Show Author Affiliations
Kohei Funabiki, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Hiroka Tsuda, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Tomoko Iijima, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Takuya Nojima, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Kazuho Tawada, Shimadzu Corp. (Japan)
Takashi Yoshida, NEC Corp. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7326:
Head- and Helmet-Mounted Displays XIV: Design and Applications
Peter L. Marasco; Paul R. Havig; Sion A. Jennings; Thomas H. Harding, Editor(s)

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