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Wire Obstacle Warning System (WOWS): A Real-Time Airborne Sensor For Automatic Detection And Recognition Of Wirelike Objects
Author(s): R. Kleehammer; J. Hunt; A. Kleider
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Paper Abstract

A sensor has been designed to provide real-time detection and recognition of 3mm wires at a range of 300 meters during nighttime helicopter flight operations. An Army-sponsored program to demonstrate such automatic wire detection and warning for Nap-of-the-Earth (NOE) helicopter missions is currently in progress. Wire or wire-like objects are electro-optically detected and then recognized by a pattern recognition technique. The recognition algorithm is accomplished within 50 msec of the first wire detection indication. A flyable exploratory development WOWS model, consisting of a scanning laser transmitter, electro-optical receiver, real-time processor and display unit is described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 1979
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0178, Smart Sensors, (20 August 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957278
Show Author Affiliations
R. Kleehammer, Fairchild Camera & Instrument Corporation (United States)
J. Hunt, Fairchild Camera & Instrument Corporation (United States)
A. Kleider, U. S. Army Aviation R&D Activity (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0178:
Smart Sensors
David F. Barbe, Editor(s)

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