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Integration of forward-looking infrared (FLIR) and traffic information for moving obstacle detection with integrity
Author(s): Zhen Zhu; Sudha Vana; Sumit Bhattacharya; Maarten Uijt de Haag
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Paper Abstract

This paper discusses the integration of Forward-looking Infrared (FLIR) and traffic information from, for example, the Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) or the Traffic Information Service-Broadcast (TIS-B). The goal of this integration method is to obtain an improved state estimate of a moving obstacle within the Field-of-View of the FLIR with added integrity. The focus of the paper will be on the approach phase of the flight. The paper will address methods to extract moving objects from the FLIR imagery and geo-reference these objects using outputs of both the onboard Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Inertial Navigation System (INS). The proposed extraction method uses a priori airport information and terrain databases. Furthermore, state information from the traffic information sources will be extracted and integrated with the state estimates from the FLIR. Finally, a method will be addressed that performs a consistency check between both sources of traffic information. The methods discussed in this paper will be evaluated using flight test data collected with a Gulfstream V in Reno, NV (GVSITE) and simulated ADS-B.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 May 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7328, Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 2009, 73280H (6 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.821856
Show Author Affiliations
Zhen Zhu, Ohio Univ. (United States)
Sudha Vana, Ohio Univ. (United States)
Sumit Bhattacharya, Ohio Univ. (United States)
Maarten Uijt de Haag, Ohio Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7328:
Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 2009
Jeff J. Güell; Maarten Uijt de Haag, Editor(s)

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